One of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's closest advisers said many challenges still lie ahead, including reconstruction and the presence of foreign powers.
The 59th Damascus International Fair opens despite ongoing violence in the outskirts of the Syrian capital. It’s the first such event in five years.
Buses full of rebels began leaving the Barzeh district of Damascus as the Syrian government announced hopes for peace between factions.
The Syrian military once again faced off in Damascus with jihadist rebels attempting to strengthen the opposition's stance in international peace talks.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham said it targeted Shi'ite militias for backing Assad's 'tyrannical rule.'
Suicide bombings target Shi'ite visitors to the Sayeda Zeinab shrine.
Earlier, state television said several major explosions hit Mezzah military airport compound near Damascus and ambulances were rushed to the area, without giving details.
Damascus has been without water for 19 days as a Syrian military offensive moves in.
The rebels said the army was emboldened by gaining full control of Aleppo city and was seeking to force them to either leave or face all out war.