Even if Syria's armed conflict is somehow resolved, new proxy conflicts between regional actors are emerging on the country's soil.
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.
Outside observers are keen to declare the Syrian conflict almost over. It is anything but.
Turkey's priorities in Syria just don't match the US's – and its increasingly authoritarian domestic politics don't help.
Denial and obfuscation have always been a part of chemical warfare.
The Middle East could be witnessing a foreign policy misfire of epic proportions.
Donald Trump's predecessor once made an empty threat against Bashar al-Assad – and it didn't end well.
Trump's attack on Assad's air force was opportunist and reckless. It was also long overdue.
Was this a one-off intervention – or a sign that Trump will undertake more of an effort to undermine the Assad regime?