Warplanes over Lebanon shoot missiles at targets near the Syrian capital. Observers say Israeli airstrikes aimed to destroy arms depots.
The country has suffered catastrophic damage, and aspects of the seven-year conflict are far from over. However, the government now controls major opposition strongholds and key cities.
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.
The U.S. is now doing the opposite of what it said it would in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.
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 Israeli military said its Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted some of the incoming projectiles, while others caused only minimal damage.
Government forces use warplanes, helicopters and artillery in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week.
The main hospital, courthouse and municipal buildings are largely rubble—testimony to the intense government assault the town has been subjected to since being seized by the rebels six years ago.
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.
The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon say the Western attack has damaged prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict.