The Syrian regime is forcing civilians in areas it holds to "volunteer" in militias created to man checkpoint but also to fight on the front
Syrian opposition forces recaptured two villages in the Hama countryside, west-central Syria, on Friday, amid reports of heavy regime casualties.
Analysis: Syrian opposition sources say they have good reason to believe a Russian-backed regime offensive in Latakia is imminent, to secure coastal strongholds and recapture areas lost to the opposition
Analysis: After recent victories in northwest Syria, opposition forces are now fighting to take control of the strategic al-Ghab plain, which will open the way to the coast.
Analysis: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to break the siege on regime forces in their last remaining stronghold in the northern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughur.
Analysis: Recent victories in Idlib province mean rebels can threaten Latakia, long seen as the regime's heartland, but the region is heavily defended.
A Syrian opposition alliance has seized a strategically important town in Idlib, bringing the rebels closer to the regime stronghold of Latakia.
Government forces and allies say they have "full control" of key towns in southern province, a claim dismissed by opposition fighters as a deception.
Analysis: The regime's attempt to recapture Idlib was hit by attrition and poor morale among its men, with many militias refusing to fight, says Anas al-Kurdi.
Syrian opposition forces say they have captured areas from Islamic State group near the city of Palmyra in a surprise offensive.