The Conflict in Syria By: elizabeth toshach

The war in Syria has been going on for 6 years, 465,000 people have been killed in the fighting. More than 1,000,000 people have been injured and 12 million Syrians have been displaced. In 2011 there were revolts; this was called the Arab Spring. The revolts toppled the Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. That March, there were peaceful protests in Syria, after 15 boys were detained and tortured for writing graffiti supporting the Arab Spring. The Syrian government and Bashar al-Assad responded to these protests by killing and imprisoning demonstrators. In July 2011, there was the formation of Free Syrian Army, a rebel group aiming to overthrow the government. That is when Syria began to go into civil war. There was a drought in Syria that lasted 3 years, 1.5 million people migrated into cities, causing poverty and social unrest. The U.S has bombed targets of ISIS since since 2014. April 7 the U.S first military action against the Assad forces. February 2017 the CIA froze funding and logistical support for rebel factions in northern Syria. March 2017 Euphrates Shield military operation officially ended.

The attack on the Syrian people involved the use of sarin gas. Killed a lot of Syrian civilians. Autopsies by Turkish doctors on three people showed evidence of the use of a chemical weapon. I'm August 2013 the Syrian government used sarin gas in Damascus killing hundreds of civilians. There was a fog of chemicals killing men, women and children. People suffocated, chocked and foamed at the mouth, 83 people killed. Minister Walis al-Moualem denied past use of chemical weapons. In 2013 there was a deal brokered including Syria and Russia to destroy all of their chemical weapons. In May of 2015 there was evidence of chemicals to make sarin gas and the nerve agent VX at a military research site. " Assads government has gone beyond a red line" said Trump.

Bashar al-Assad has. Even questioning U.S actions in Syria and says that we are invaders. The United States did not get permission to enter Syria; there has been no concrete action from Trump towards ISIS. "The U.S loses wars and doesn't help they only make a mess." To them the we are good at causing problems and destroying their country and are very bad at finding solutions. U.S marines are in northern Syria backing up local forces fighting. The U.S has backed up forces and are preparing to move and assault Raqqa; ISIS capital. 100 army rangers in Manbij, Syria have been deterring hostilities. Twin blasts in Damascus have killed 40 Iraqi pilgrims, 120 more injured and IED's targeting buses with Iraqi pilgrims.

Bashar al-Assad most definitely used chemical weapons on his people. The use of chemical weapons is illegal no matter who uses them. Bashar al-Assad should be punished for what he did to his people; he killed innocent men, women, and children. Syria wasn't even supposed to have chemical weapons in the first place; they were supposed to be destroyed. The United States is trying to fix fix Syria and get rid of Bashar al-Assad, and end the civil war and the fighting.

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