Syria street in Tripoli in northern Lebanon is on the front line of a religious and political conflict. Sunnis versus Shi'ite Alawites. Both groups are Muslim - but they're bitter enemies.
After a highly questionable election, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun his new term. The fact that he should present himself as a bulwark against terrorism is a mockery, says DW's Rainer Sollich.
ISIS now controls wide swaths of Iraq and Syria. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, seems out to establish an Islamic empire. Are the borders in the Middle East about to be redrawn?
Despite a civil war raging in Syria that has cost the lives of 150,000 people, Syrians are supposed to vote in the presidential elections on June 3. Opponents of the regime and the western world talk about a farce.
With the chaos unfolding in Iraq, another Middle Eastern state looks set to fail. Instability in the region poses a direct threat to Europe, and there isn't a satisfactory solution, writes DW's Dennis Stute.
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