Syrian mercenaries sustain Turkey's foreign policy
Some say they're former opposition fighters, others say they're refugees looking for a paycheck. One thing is clear: Turkey's Syrian mercenaries have formed an integral part of the country's foreign policy ambitions.
Refugees in Germany: The Jafaars, Angela Merkel and fleeing Syria
Five years ago, as more and more refugees were coming to Germany, Chancellor Merkel promised "We can do it!" For the Jaafar family, this claim has become a mission.
Syria: Assad's party wins expected majority in parliamentary polls
Syria's Baath party and its allies have won a majority in parliamentary elections that were delayed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic. The exiled opposition labeled the vote a "farce."
UN approves extension of cross-border aid to Syria
After a one-week deadlock between Western countries and Russia and China, the UN Security Council voted to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but with only a single access point into the war-torn country.
Italy seizes IS-made drugs worth one billion euros
Italian police released video of a seizure of a 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made by the Islamic State group in Syria, calling it the biggest seizure of such drugs in the world.
'International community has failed completely' in Syria
From Syrian war crimes to US hypocrisy in the Julian Assange case, the global "erosion of human rights standards" is of critical concern, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer tells DW.
Syria's intelligence apparatus on trial in Germany
For the first time anywhere, Syrian intelligence officers are facing trial — in Germany. The court aims to probe the defendant's alleged crimes as well as cast light on Bashar Assad's system of torture and oppression.
Erdogan's rules: Turkey draws EU, NATO into Idlib offensive
To the south, Syria and Idlib province where Ankara says it is now directly targeting pro-Assad forces after last week's killing in an air strike of 34 Turkish soldiers. With Russia backing Damascus in its bid to retake the last-rebel held enclave in Syria, we ask just how far it can escalate between now and Thursday's planned trip by Turkey's President to Moscow.