Syria's Civil War and what has happened thus far: by James Shea

This battle between the rebellious citizens of Syria (with help from the U.S. and other countries) against their dictator Bashar al-Assad and his allies from Iran and Russia has raged on since it started in 2000 when Assad came into to control after his father's death. No major problems occurred until 2011 when Assad let his men open fire on citizens during a peaceful protest, triggering the population to fight back and cause the start of the civil war.

(Rebels sending back fire against Syrian government)

"More than 450,000 syrians that have taken part in this war have been killed" (Al Jazeera-1). These underpowered Syrian rebels are getting mowed down by the Syrian government, but they have numbers to make up for it. At this rate if they don't get more trained, better armed or experienced with guns these rebels aren't going to last out this war, and especially not under Assad's brutal reign. With the help and support they've received from other countries they might have a chance against Assad and his support from Iran and Russia, but it's definitely not guaranteed.

"The first shots in the Syrian war were fired in March, 2011 by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad part of the Syrian government against peaceful arab spring protesters (Harris & Fisher, " Syrias War: Who's Fighting and Why?" 0:40-1:04) This was a key part in this war stated by Vox in their video "Syria's War: Who's fighting and Why?" . This event that occurred 6 years ago in Syria was very important because it was the very action of Assad attacking his own people that caused this whole thing to start this civil war in Syria. Another very key part of the war was when America decided to chime in. When America got involved in the war, we took the side of the rebels and innocent citizens of Syria.

The ruling of Assad coming to power was not approved by a big percentage of the population, nobody liked his father or him. Assad needed them to cooperate with him so he could properly run the country. But, since nobody would, he needed to force them to work with him. He used threatening tactics like patrolling streets with tanks and keeping all guards heavily armed to try and intimidate them into listening to him. It didn't get their attention so he decided to use stronger tactics. "A dictatorship determined to stay in power" is how Bloomberg describes Bashar's acts towards his own citizens ( Bloomberg-1). His attempt at trying to remain at the top has left so many people dead and injured that soon, he won't have enough people to rule over.

This war has caused and still is causing mass amounts of refugees to flee the country, along with massive amounts of death following behind. This war has affected both Syria and countries outside of Syria because of the huge groups of refugees trying to escape the conflict unharmed. Now Syria has become the main refugee producing source since the days of World War II. This war has caused much pain, suffering and sadness for the Syrian people, as well as many people and countries outside of Syria due to the refugee situation. Everybody is being affected by it and it's showing no signs of stopping soon.

Works Cited:

Al Jazeera. “Syria's Civil War Explained from the Beginning.” Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera Media Network, 7 Feb. 2017, www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/syria-civil-war-explained-160505084119966.html. Accessed 4 Apr. 2017.

Harris, Johhny, and Max Fisher. Syria's War: Whos Fighting and Why. Vox, 14 Oct. 2015, youtu.be/NKb9GVU8bHE. Accessed 6 Apr. 2017.

“Syria's Civil War.” Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg, 25 Jan. 2017, www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/syrias-civil-war. Accessed 6 Apr. 2017.

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