Thanks to technology from Iran and Russia, Syria is gaining on the Rebels in this 3 year old civil war. Iran has been supplying surveillance drones and anti-mortar systems to the Assad Regime. Russia has been supplying antiaircraft missiles. I was wondering when we were going to hear from Iran and now we have. I knew Iran couldn't stay to long in the background.
On the Rebel side, over the weekend, we have them fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Syrian Government has been on the offensive since mid spring. Thus making this an explosive area of the world.
Talks scheduled for late summer don't seem very likely to be held. Syria with its renewed strength won't likely feel the need for such talks.