Syria is a country in the Middle East. The Syrian War began in 2011. Since then more than 450,000 syrians have been killed and more than milllions were injured. more than half of the country pre- war population has been displaced from their homes.
What are the causes of the conflict?
Initially, lack of freedoms and economic troubles fueled resentment toward the Syrian government. Many Islamist movements were also strongly opposed to the Assad family’s rule. Though the term "Islamist" has come to be associated with violent groups, It is a broad term that refers to political activism based on the Islam, one of the world's major religions. There are Islamist groups that are violent and carry out acts of terror. It is a broad term that refers to political activism based on the Islam, one of the world's major religions. There are Islamist groups that are violent and carry out acts of terror.
What are the effects of the conflict, both inside and outside of Syria?
The Syrian war is creating deep effects far beyond the country's borders. Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan are now housing large and growing numbers of Syrian refugees. Fighting has occasionally spilled over from Syria into Lebanon, contributing to the country's political polarization. Several rounds of peace talks have failed to stop the fighting. With much of the country in ruins, millions of refugees abroad, and a population deeply traumatized by war, one thing is certain. Rebuilding Syria after the war ends will be a lengthy, extremely difficult process.
What is the history of the conflict? In other words, what are the significant events that have occurred during the conflict?
In March 2011, peaceful protests erupted in Syria as well, after 15 boys were arrested and tortured for writing graffiti in support of the Arab Spring. One of the boys was killed after being brutally tortured. His name was Hamza al-Khateeb and he was 13 years old. The Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, responded to the protests violently. It killed hundreds of demonstrators and imprisoned many more. In July 2011, a rebel group called the Free Syrian Army formed
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