History of the War
Conflict arose in 1970 when Assad took control of Syria. From that point on protests began.
The first significant protest was to reform the government in order to have more democratic views (Syrian Civil Unrest). “Pro-democracy protests erupted in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa after the arrest and torture of some teenagers who painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall." (Syrian Civil Unrest).
Protests against Assad originally started peacefully, shortly after he took control.
The government working under Assad eventually took Violent action against these peaceful protests which started the war.
Countries joined in and picked a side; the rebels or Assad. "When the demonstrations continued over the course of several days, government forces resorted to violence.” (Syrian Civil Unrest).
The Russians intended to send troops into Iraq to help control the Terrorism that was occurring. "“Russia may assert that its intervention in Syria is to defeat terrorists and terrorism" (Syria: No way In, No way out).
Russia asked for assistance in this action from the government, as to not repeat the events that occurred outside of Syria, in the same month.
The U.S. came in to back the rebels after violence was brought to the protest.
The U.S. had plans to train the Rebels to fight ISIS and Assad. “A US program to train and arm 5,000 rebels to take the fight to IS on the ground" (Syria: The story of the conflict).
“The first large-scale demonstrations in Syria occurred on 15 March, called the "Day of Rage" (Syrian Civil Unrest). The first major scale democratic protest against Assad occurred on March 15, 2011. This was a turning point in the Syrian Civil war.