DAMASCUS—In Syria's capital these days, people are breathing a little easier. Across Damascus, new shops are sprouting up, business is brisk, and some people who fled the civil war years ago are contemplating a return.
The Syrian war is likely to drag on for years, sustained largely by the intervention and rivalries of foreign powers. But in the seat
of President Bashar Assad's government, there is a general feeling that the six-year conflict is winding down.
"I haven't slept so well in weeks," said Alya, a 27-year-old teacher at a Damascus kindergarten who, in her spare time, volunteers with an organization that tends to displaced people around the capital.