On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced the end, effective the following day, of the Russian intervention in the Syrian Arab Republic.
Syrian Civil War
Saudi Arabia has announced the suspension of four billion dollars in military aid to Lebanon after weeks of escalating tension between Riyadh and the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah, which has been fighting Saudi-backed rebels in Syria.
The conflict in Syria continues to be a source of instability in the region.
The rotation of a small Turkish military training force in Iraq has become the latest headache for Turkey’s government and its president. The forces are ostensibly in Iraq to provide training for anti-ISIS fighters, including Iraqi Kurds.
In this comprehensive history of Syria, John McHugo compares the police state erected by the Assad family "with a crumbling block in a curved arch that is held in place by the adjoining rocks." The "tremor" of the uprising that started in 2011 has "loosened the Syrian block so that now it hangs p