Shifting geopolitical tides and security priorities have strained the once-close ties between Algiers and Washington.
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: No.
The Moscow-Damascus alliance often carries out indiscriminate attacks on the heavily populated city of Idlib in Northern Syria, and are accused of violating international humanitarian law on several accounts.
Despite recent Russian military escalation against the Syrian National Army (SNA), negotiation remains an essential tool for all parties to draw the future map of control in northern Syria.
But it is diplomatic, not military considerations that will determine how and where it will be launched.
Ankara is preparing for possible further military action against the PKK/YPG terror group in northern Syria if talks on the issue with the US and Russia fail, two Turkish officials said.
The renormalisation of ties between Amman and Damascus comes after multiple shifts in the Hashemite Kingdom’s foreign policy over the years, with economic rationality playing a crucial factor.
Despite international sanctions and condemnation, the Russia-backed Assad regime is exploring ways to take back opposition and rebel-held territory where millions of displaced Syrians reside.
The election was managed to artificially prolong the Assad regime's lifespan, even though its grip on power is at its weakest point.
Experts say Bashar al Assad held an election to force Syrians into submission and give his few international supporters a reason to keep backing him. Can he succeed, though?
Wednesday's vote is the second presidential election since Syria's war began 10 years ago and has been dismissed as a sham by the opposition and several countries.
With opponents exiled abroad barred from running and no voting in large swathes of territory outside regime leader Bashar al Assad’s control, there is no doubt he will take the election.
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