Civil War in Syria the details behind the acts of rebellion and REPRIMANDING

People Involved:

Bashar al-Assad: Promised that he would be different from his father. He said he would rule differently. But when he took his place in presidency nothing changed. Outraged, people started rioting. In Deraa teenagers were arrested and tortured for spray painting a school wall with words of rebellion in hopes of a better government and country. People were outraged.

Hafez al-Assad (presidency 1971 - 2000): People didn't like the way Hafez governed his country. When he died his son took over as ruler.

Barack Obama: Sided with the two groups against Bashar in Syria. The groups are the Kurds and Rebels.

Vladimir Putin: Sided with Bashar al-Assad. Meaning Russia is opposing the United States.

ISIS (Islamic State) is a group of extremists. They support Bashar and Russia. Therefore, they oppose Syrian rebels, U.S., and the Kurds.

Syrian rebels are a rebellious group that dislikes Bashar and his unfulfilled promises. They are on the same side as the U.S. and the Kurds. They oppose Russia and Bashar.

Important Events:

Bashar fails to keep his promise of try to improve the economy.

US and Russia get involved (2009), as well as a rebel force (2011).

Rebels gained control of the al-Jarrah military base. Forty government troops were either killed or held hostage. Right after this occurred, the rebels ambushed the largest water powered dam in Syria (2013).

The rebels overran Aleppo and, in response, Syria killed nineteen people through an airstrike. That same day another Syrian airstrike occurred in a busy marketplace and killed thirty-three people (2012).

European Union bans imported Syrian oil (2011).

France starts to airstrike Syria due to terrorist attacks in Paris (2015).

United Kingdom targets ISIS (2017).

U.S. supports the Kurds by sending fifty U.S. Special Operations ground forces to help them with the fight ISIS. In April another 250 forces were added (2016).


Bashar reigns the way his father has until the end of his presidency. However, the citizens of Syria did not like how Hafez ruled and does not wish to have such a mistake reoccur.

Bashar promised that he would rule differently than his father. But none of this happened.

After teenagers painted a school wall with words of insurgency and then the government arrested and tortured them protesters surfaced. Bashar's response to these protesters was to attempt to quell them. But this action just gave the protesters more to fight for (2011).

Things turned chaotic and violent. People turned to weapons as a mean of portraying their frustration (2011).

The Syrian government tries to appease citizens by increasing state employees pay and eradicating Syria's emergency law and authorization of new political parties (2011).


The Aleppo campaign composed of both Russia and Hezbollah was able to remove the rebels from the city they were in (2016).

Russia and the United States broke their ceasefire compromise. But the Syrian army was still trying to apprehend Aleppo for the second time. Even so, the U.S. was convinced that Russia was trying to help Syria counter strike their citizens (2016).

The Defense Department wants to send help to Syria in order to infiltrate ISIS. But this decision will be made by Trump.

Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Some of these refugees are trying to flee even more west into Europe.

Because the U.S. is such an important ally to the rebels, the country is troubled by the possibility of ISIS threats. Since the U.S. is such a important assist to the rebels and citizens of Syria it is warily thought that terrorists and threats might come of this.

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