The capture of the crossing reinstates sovereignty over a key region, potentially opening the way for Syrian exports to Arab countries, and is another victory for President Bashar Assad.
Israel wishes to keep Iran, a Syrian ally, as far away from its border as possible—along with Iran's proxy, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.
With the capture from Islamic State militants of an enclave in southern Damascus, the city and its suburbs are now in the hands of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the first time since 2011.
The death toll includes 19 Iranians, raising fears that the region may be sliding into an unprecedented direct confrontation between two archenemies.
When will Washington stop dividing the world into "good" and "bad" states and consider America's image and actual vital interests?
The vice president says the U.S. and its allies can reach a deal that "limits Iran's malign activity and prevents Iran from ever becoming a nuclear power."
Truthdig writers Sonali Kolhatkar and Max Blumenthal disagree with each other regarding key elements in the recent reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma. This is Kolhatkar's take on the issue.
The U.S., the U.K. and France launched the attack even though they had no solid evidence that the Assad regime had used chemical warfare. The allies' action was little more than a propaganda exercise.
Just because Donald Trump is using the recent chemical attack as an excuse to bomb Syria does not mean the attack didn't happen. We need to acknowledge the reality of Syrian suffering at the hands of Assad, Putin and the U.S.
Inspectors' lack of access to Douma has left unanswered questions about the April 7 attack that prompted a military response by the U.S. and two allies.