A woman holds a Syrian flag in Deraa, where the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s regime began in 2011. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

The fall to the Syrian army of rebel-held quarters of Deraa city is a famous victory for Damascus. While not equivalent to the army’s capture of insur(...)

Regaining control of the oil-producing province of Deir al-Zor from Isis and Syria’s eastern border with Iraq are essential if Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is to achieve his   goal of reuniting Syria. Photograph: Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has vowed to defend proposed Russian de-escalation zones, punish violators with the aid of Iran and Hizbullah, and re(...)