What is the history of the conflict and what important events have occurred so far in the war?
The president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad responded to the peace Arab Spring protest with violence. Hundreds died and many more were imprisoned at his power. A rebel group grew calling themselves the Free Syrian Army as they aimed to overthrow the Syrian government. One thing led to another and Syria found itself in the middle of a civil war.
In August of 2013 Assad used chemical weapons in the city Ghouta, this killed many people including men, women, and children. Using chemical weapons is a war crime and although this occurred no charges have been pressed against anyone. Areas of the city were hit with rockets containing the chemical agent sarin.
Another violent attack on the people of Syria in Hama left over 100 people dead when tanks and troops attacked protesters. The US and other countries must step in at this point. Barack Obama and the king of Saudi Arabia urged Assad to stop what he is doing.
Is September, 2014 the US led air strikes against ISIS in Syria. A year later in 2015 Russia did the same to non government groups.
What effects will the war have on Syria and other countries?
The war in Syria may have negatively effected the things the people of this country were fighting for. The economy of Syria has gone down as well as employment rates. The GDP (gross domestic product) in Syria has been declining since the war started in 2011. The unemployment rates in 2014 were at 33 percent and with all the people leaving the country this number is expected to keep dropping.
This is also an issue, Syria's population has dropped massive amounts because of all the people trying to flea the war. At the start of the conflict Syria's population was estimated at 23 million people and as of 2014 is was down to 17.06 million. Not only this but many people have lost their lives in battle or just trying to live out their daily lives. 400,000 people in Syria have died as of May 2016.