John Kerry, US secretary of state, has given a positive assessment of efforts to negotiate a ceasefire between rebels aiming to overthrow Assad and his forces. Kerry claimed a ceasefire could be just weeks away.
After considerable criticism, the Pentagon has announced it is ending its $500 million program to train and equip vetted moderate Syrian rebels to form a New Syrian Force to fight the Islamic State.
At the end of September Russia launched its first air strikes against rebel positions in Syria. Did the show of force mean that Putin had outmaneuvered Obama once again or was it a desperate move to shore up the crumbling regime of Bashir Assad?
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called for more forceful intervention in the Syrian conflict — but groups on the ground say that America's misguided actions aren't just not helping — they're making things worse.
While the Islamic State appears to have suffered significant casualties in the long conflict over the Syrian town Kobani( or Kobane) on the border with Turkey the Kurdish troops in the town appear to be at a disadvantage at present.
Two of the main moderate rebel groups who had received weapons from the US have surrendered to the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front after defeats in battle.There are reports that Islamic State forces joined the Nusra Front in at least one attack.
The U.S. and the UK say they are willing to look at the possibility of creating a "buffer zone" between Syria and Turkey. Meanwhile the Islamic State is continuing its assault on the border town of Kobane with fighting now taking place within the town .
Many weapons used by the Islamic State were seized as they captured bases in Iraq from Iraqi forces. However, the group also has US weapons that appear to have been given originally to moderate Syrian rebels linked to the Free Syrian Army.
Jihadists associated with Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) seized territory inside Lebanon. The rebel group that swore allegiance to the Islamic State set up checkpoints in the town of Arsal.
For President Obama, Iraq is the anti-war horse he rode to victory in 2008. Many political analysts say opposition to the Iraqi war was the club he used to first pound Clinton then Republicans into submission.
Activists report that Syrian rebels have negotiated a ceasefire near the city of Homs. The ceasefire came into effect Friday. Earlier negotiations led to rebels giving up Homs while they were transported with weapons to rebel-held areas.
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Lakhdar Brahimi the UN and Arab League joint special representative on Syria is said to be planning to resign in the near future. He told reporters almost a year ago in New York that he thought about resigning every day.
The radical Jabhat al-Nusra Front recognized by Al Qaeda gave rivals Islamic State in Iraq and Levant(ISIS or ISIL or AQI) five days to agree to mediation over control over the areas of northern Syria ISIL occupies.
Abu Khaled al Suri died in a suicide bombing in Aleppo Syria. He was a member of Ahrar al-Sham and close to current Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The death was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The former commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) General Salim Idriss rejected his dismissal as military head of the group. He claims that the whole chain of command needed a "total restructuring".
The Geneva 2 peace talks have resumed as of Monday February 10th. On the first day the two sides did not meet together but the UN Special Envoy met separately with each side and took messages back and forth.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Washington
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U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas attack are being treated, in a southwestern Damascus suburb, August 26, 2013
Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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October 3, 2012 - Aleppo, Syria: A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in Aleppo, destroy an Officer's Club, hotel and a cafe. At least 44 are killed and 122 are wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Nursa Front claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Syrian man holds the head of a severely wounded man at the entrance of a house that is used as a hospital in Bab Amr. Feb. 6, 2012
Feb. 9, 2012. A Syrian woman
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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
The docks at the port of Latakia on Syria's Mediterranean coast. Norwegian and Danish ships are expected to transport Syria's chemical weapons from Latakia to a port in Italy for processing and making safe aboard a specially adapted American ship.
A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, speaks during a news conference in Damascus November 30, 2013
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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, U.N. investigators gather potential evidence in a Damascus suburb, August 28, 2013
Kamal Hamami, aka Abu Basir, was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission in Turkmen mountains
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Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station 4 September 2015
An image grab taken from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on August 25, 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answering questions during an interview in Damascus.
Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Aleppo, August 16, 2012.
Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria.
A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013