'Russia can play an important role in preventing a military conflict between Israel and Syria,' Syrian president says days after Israel admits to strike.
Russian forces to offer military training to Kurdish YPG militia as part of deal likely to anger neighboring Turkey; Moscow denies establishing military base.
The rebel gains, though short-lived, came against the backdrop of months of steady losses at the hands of Assad forces across Syria.
Syria deploys air defense system, fires missiles at Israel Air Force jets; Israeli missile defense system intercepts missile north of Jerusalem.
An estimated half a million people have been killed, half the population has been uprooted in the world's biggest refugee crisis, and the war has set new standards of savagery in its impact on civilians.
'Today in a sense the entire country has become a torture-chamber; a place of savage horror and absolute injustice,' said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.
Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadist assault.
Asked directly whether Trump's immigration policy was the right one, Assad did not answer. He also said he had not yet seen what Trump's Syria policy would be.
The Syrian president says no contact has been made with the Trump administration, but that he would accept U.S. troops in his country in alliance with Russia and the Syrian government under certain conditions.
In phone call, defense minister and Russia's foreign minister agree to continue their conversation at a meeting later this month.