The War in Syria, as well as its connected spillovers in Iraq and Lebanon, is already by far the most violent conflict of this decade. Close to 300,000 people lie dead, 2 countries lie ruined, and extremist Islamic groups are now more powerful than ever before. Now in its 4th year, the conflict is a four way power struggle between Assad regime loyalist forces, a range of Islamist rebel groups, the Islamic State (also known as IS, ISIS or Daesh) as well as the Kurdish YPG. For much of the last 12 months the relative territorial control of each of these groups remained roughly the same, with many watchers of the conflict commenting that a stalemate had been reached.
The events of the last 3 months however have proven that such analysis was flawed, and the situation is now descending into an even greater level of chaos.
This breaking down of the equilibrium of force achieved over the course of 2014 is apparent across three major battle zones, where major players are in a state of flux.
Syria's jihadists react to a controversial statement made by an official of HTS.
An ISIS-linked Islamist group has reportedly overrun significant sections of the city of Marawi, located on the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines.
The Raqqa operation, named Wrath of Euphrates, is entering its final stages as Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing areas north and east of the city of Raqqa from Islamic State presence.
Jenan Moussa, a journalist with UAE based al-Aan TV, released a video on her Twitter claiming to have sent three people undercover into Idlib province, where they filmed daily life with their cellphones.
The official account for the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed that coalition warplanes struck pro-government forces near al-Tanf area near the Syria-Iraq border "posing a threat to US partner forces".
Overnight the US Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.
Recent provocations by Russia and its militant proxies in Avdiivka's Industrial Zone fit with a continuing pattern of violence in SE Ukraine.
Islamic State is busy setting up a new affiliate in the Philippines, and government policies are allowing the threat they pose to worsen.
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is in its final stages as government troops and allied militias dislodge the rebels from the final neighbourhoods
Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have this evening recaptured the city of Palmyra in central Syria.