Syria Conflict

Syria reports new Israeli airstrikes following explosion on Israeli ship in the Gulf

Israel's public broadcaster Kan reported that the missile strikes near Damascus were in response to the explosion aboard an Israeli ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Mar 1, 2021
al-monitor This picture taken Feb. 28, 2021, shows a view of the Israeli-owned, Bahamian-flagged MV Helios Ray cargo ship docked in Dubai's Mina Rashid (Port Rashid) cruise terminal. The MV Helios Ray, a vehicle carrier, was traveling from the Saudi port of Dammam to Singapore when a blast occurred on Feb. 25, according to the London-based Dryad Global maritime security group. Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images.

The Israel-Russia-Syria deal: Cost, beneficiaries and future deals

As Israel and Syria conclude a deal on the return of an Israeli woman from Syria, questions arise regarding the cost and what the future of such transactions with Russian mediation should be.

Micky Aharonson | Russia in Syria | Mar 1, 2021

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham intensifies campaign against al-Qaeda affiliate in Idlib

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham presses on with its campaign to weaken Hurras al-Din.

Khaled al-Khateb | Idlib | Mar 1, 2021

Biden administration shouldn’t stop with Yemen

The United States can also play a key role in diplomacy to end wars in Syria and Libya.

Week in Review | Yemen war | Feb 26, 2021

Congress questions Biden's decision to bomb Syria

Some Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill are questioning the justification for the US airstrike against Iran-affiliated targets in eastern Syria.

Adam Lucente | Iran-US tensions | Feb 26, 2021