Escalating Jordanian military operations along—and across—its northern border with Syria signal a retreat from Amman’s “soft diplomacy” policy towards Damascus, accompanied by a growing sense of Iranian efforts to spread chaos within the country’s territory.
Syria’s fronts with Israel remain relatively quiet, while intensified Israeli strikes and mobilization by Iran-linked forces in the country leave the door open to increased escalation.
Residents of Syria’s opposition-held northwest demonstrate in support of Palestinians facing displacement and bombardment in Gaza—an experience many of them share.
Amid fears of war between Israel and Hamas spiraling into a regional conflagration, analysts weigh the impact of regional players and assess the likelihood of another front in Syria.
Besides bolstering normalization with Assad normalization, how might the Saudi-Iran deal affect Syria? Can Riyadh counter Iranian influence on Syria or push Assad to clamp down on the captagon trade? Will China claim a larger political role in Syria or fund reconstruction?
More than a year after withdrawing from southern Syria, the Syrian army’s 4th Division is returning. Analysts see it as a money-making move and a way to control the drug trade, coinciding with the US Captagon Act and regional Arab initiatives to resolve the crisis.
Turkey’s northern Syria operation a test of the SDF’s allies and an opportunity for regime and Iranian expansion
Signs of an imminent Turkish operation in northern Syria are not apparent. But amid blistering Turkish rhetoric, the shape of things to come depends on Ankara’s resolve, Washington and Moscow’s stances, and what options the SDF has to fight back.
Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow’s forces in Syria have withdrawn and repositioned. Iran is looking to fill the gap.
Amid continuing assassinations in Daraa province and the convergence of some parties’ interests against others, the pattern of assassinations remains the same, supporting the idea that the perpetrators, too, remain the same.
‘Expelling the usurper’: Legal avenues to retake homes stolen by Hezbollah in Quneitra thwarted by security concerns
An estimated 25 houses have been illegally seized by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in the “triangle of death” in southern Syria.