Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative.
Deep into its fourth year of conflict, Syria looks less and less like a state than a patchwork of warring fiefdoms, making outside powers more reluctant to intervene even as it becomes more destabilising for the region.
At least 12 people were killed Tuesday and several others were wounded in air raids by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern Syrian province of Al-Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a tank at a Syrian air base in the province of Deir al-Zor, one of the last remaining government strongholds in eastern Syria, jihadist social media and a monitoring group said on Friday.
An unknown number of members of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the outskirts of Damascus over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SOHR, said Monday.
A delegation of Syrian dissidents tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad's regime will travel to Russia this week for meetings with officials, days after government members discussed a new peace process there.