Syria conflict

Residents walk past rubble and damaged buildings in Damascus. There are reports of a new front being opened in the civil war. Photo: Reuters

Push from Syria’s ‘southern front’ aims to overwhelm Assad regime

After months of battlefield stalemate, a flurry of reports suggest a new clandestine effort is under way to open a "southern front" against the Assad regime. Central to the plan is a renewed push to provide Syria's badly divided and often ineffectual moderate, secular rebel groups with additional funds, upgraded weapons and intelligence support.