December 18, 2022

Ignoring the Syrian catastrophe is only making things worse

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by Hadeel Oueis, Senior Research Fellow

A relapse into war and the re-emergence of ISIS in the south demand a clear strategy in order to avoid another war.

Eleven years have passed since the beginning of the war in Syria, but its conflict continues to threaten Syria’s neighbors.

The recent developments in the south – from the killing of ISIS leader in the city of Daraa to the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown on the protests in Suwayda (Swaida) – can possibly develop into a broader conflict that would be explosive for Syria and its southern neighbors, especially Israel and Jordan.

Syria’s southwest, which sits at the intersection of Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights, has been more stable for the last few years than Syria’s north. However, things are heating up in the south now due to the renewed military conflicts, Iran’s increasing influence and the emergence of ISIS in the city of Daraa…