Syrian Civil War Conflict
By Philip Harris Feb. 22, 2017 (Edited and Re Posted Feb. 23, 2017)
Syria is known to have a dictatorship ran government controlling the land. The history of government control in the “Levant” (Syria) caused a huge pro-democracy protest in March of 2011, in Deraa, a southern Syrian city. That protest simply never ended, and what started with rocks and fireworks is being called the highest casualty war on earth today.
Those protesters demanded that President Assad step down from power as president to allow voting and a democratically elected president to enter power in Syria. The resounding answer was AK-47 and machine gun bullets flying past the protesters to disperse. The protesters saw enough bloodshed from the government that they in turn started to assemble an army of their own. They called themselves the FSA or Free Syrian Army.
The FSA was formed from deserters of the President Assad’s army and loyalists who were for the cause of ousting their dictator. Along with the FSA, multiple different armies, groups, terrorist organizations, ISIS, The United States, Russia, Iran and Turkey to name some of the big players, have all joined the fight in some military form or another. This doesn’t mention all the coalition partners that come with the United States when they make a move.
Years into this never ending conflict, we are getting estimates from 250,000 deaths to nearing 400,000 deaths caused by this war. This violence and terror throughout all of Syria causes civilians scared for their lives to leave their country as a refugee and travel anywhere they can, other than war zones. Europe, the United States and many Middle Eastern countries have taken in the approximately 4.8 million refugees according to the UNHCR. While another 6.6 million civilians are displaced withing Syria itself.
With so many different terrorists, armies, outside countries in Syria today, this conflict is set to keep going. Russia Iran and Turkey have somewhat tried to get all the different groups to sit down and try to come to agreement without any real success. One key factor was missing in those talk, the United States. The U.S. now has a new president, Donald Trump, who says they him and his administration is pursuing the idea of safe zones inside Syria.
With all this uncertainty, there is always something happening in Syria that could change the outcome of not just Syria or the Middle East, but all over the world.