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International powers with conflicting interests have helped the Bashar al-Asad government to consolidate its power. from www.shutterstock.com

Competing foreign interests trump Syrian aspirations for political change

To understand how Syria has become the theatre for proxy wars between international forces, one has to return to the Arab uprisings and Syria's role as an outlier.
EPA/Youssef Badawi

Syria: who’s involved, and what do they want?

The Syrian conflict is a war of many sides. Here's a rundown of the key players.
Until the jihadist rebel groups are wiped out, there will be more civilian casualties, like this man and young boy in Eastern Ghouta. Reuters/Bassam Khabieh

The Syrian ‘hell on earth’ is a tangle of power plays unlikely to end soon

Despite a devastating toll in the seven-year conflict, which has seen 400,000 people killed and six million displaced, there is no end in sight for the people of Syria.
Cruise missile strike against Syria on April 7, 2017. U.S. Navy/via AP

US airstrike on Syria: What next?

Was this a one-off intervention – or a sign that Trump will undertake more of an effort to undermine the Assad regime?

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