A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said any talks with the United States would have to be based on mutual respect. Some 440,000 people in Syria are living under siege conditions, according to the UN.
A new rebel coalition, "The Army of Conquest," has started an offensive against the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria. The extremists have offered full amnesty to Sunni Muslims if they desert government troops.
Entering its fifth year, the Syrian tragedy continues with "Islamic State" making the situation all the more complex. But the international community is not the only one to have failed Syria, says Rainer Sollich.
Syria's bloody civil conflict is entering its fifth year amid a major humanitarian emergency. With no end to the fighting in sight, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is willing to negotiate with Assad.