war in syria
The newest allies of the US are battling the old ones, Russia keeps bombing, the regime's army advances, and the Islamic State sits back while its enemies kill one another.
The UN envoy for Syria called a halt to the negotiations after days of trying to get the Assad regime and the opposition to agree on what they wanted to discuss in the first place.
With Russia and Iran's help, the regime is laying siege to key towns in the areas where most of the Syrian people and economy are. That's good for Assad, and bad for the rebels.
One of the biggest anti-Assad groups moved quickly to name a new leader after Zahran Alloush was killed in an apparent Russian airstrike.
Most of the victims were arrested by five branches of Syria's intelligence agency between May 2011 and August 2013, and were photographed after their deaths by a defecting member of the military, code-named Caesar, who later fled the country.