Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been shunned internationally for over a decade, due to the brutal repression of anti-government protesters and the use of chemical weapons by his regime during the country's civil war. Despite numerous reported atrocities, the leader has clung onto power with the sole support of two major powers: Iran and Russia.
As Syria prepares to attend the first Arab League meeting since the start of its civil war in 2011, rights organizations insist the group's other members remember exactly who they are dealing with.
Syria's membership in the Arab League was suspended in 2011 after protests against President Bashar Assad turned violent. The League members have now voted to revert the move.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will meet Syrian President Bashar Assad in his first trip to Syria since the war broke out in 2011. Iranian forces played a major role in defending Assad's government.
Israeli forces have targeted militants and the Syrian military following a series of rocket strikes into the Golan Heights. It is the most recent bout of violence in the region this year.
Workers foraging for truffles were killed when their vehicle hit a land mine believed to have been planted by the militant "Islamic State" group. It's the latest in a spate of attacks on truffle hunters in Syria.
Khalid Aydd Ahmad al-Jabouri, a senior IS leader tied to planned attacks in Europe, was killed in an unknown location in Syria by US forces.
Is Bashar al-Assad's isolation on the world stage coming to an end? The Syrian dictator has been shunned by the international community since 2011, when his regime brutally crushed anti-government protests, triggering the civil war in Syria. But in recent months, a growing number of countries have been coordinating with Assad's government.
A drone, allegedly of Iranian origin, struck a facility in Syria — killing a US contractor and prompting a counterattack. The attacks threaten to upend recent de-escalation efforts.
Last month's deadly earthquakes sped up efforts by Arab nations to reconcile with Damascus after years of civil war. President Bashar Assad needs international help to rebuild his country but many roadblocks remain.
Tunisia severed ties with Syria during the Arab Spring to protest the Assad government's brutal crackdown against the opposition. President Kais Saied has now vowed to reverse this move.
Syria says it must reroute flights taking aid to earthquake victims in the country after an overnight air raid by Israel on Aleppo's main airport.