The Syrian Civil War With the war escalating, the rebellion shows no sign of stopping.

Beginning on March 15 of 2011, this uprising continues to this day. To fully understand the war, let's go back to how it all started.

The Middle Eastern country of Syria had been undergoing protests against the president, Bashar al Assad. In March of 2011, Protests against Assad soon became deadly and Assad ended the state of emergency Syria was in. Protests escalated and police shot and killed many people. The people of Syria were furious, and began to fight back, thus beginning the war we know today. The rebels called themselves the Free Syrian Army, and showed no sign of backing down.
Syrian Kurdish groups secede from the Assad later 2012, and take up the north.

Bashar al Assad did not step down either, and began making allies. Iran began supporting Assad by sending cargo and troops for the war. But the rebels weren't without help, Turkey was sending resources from the Persian Gulf to aid the Free Syrian Army.

In August of 2013, Bashar al Assad used chemical weapons on civilians. Later, in September, President Barack Obama, furious with the actions of Assad, threatens to call an airstrike on Syria. The US eventually backs down, but they are officially in the Syrian Civil War.

The United States finally addresses the war.
In February of 2014, part of Al Qaeda, the terrorist group in charge of 9/11, decide to leave and form a new terrorist group, over internal conflicts. Fighting only the Rebels and the Kurdish, the new group call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS takes control of area later in the summer, and did not seem like a threat to Assad.
The U.S. sends airstrikes on ISIS as well as Assad in Spring of 2014.

In early 2015, Turkey does something similar, they bomb the Kurdish, even while the Kurdish are fighting ISIS. Turkey, however, does not bomb ISIS.

Seeming to follow the trend, that same year Russia bombs non-government targets as well.

As of now, the Middle East is split, Rebels against Assad.

The war escalates, with constant fighting occurring daily.

Since the start of the war, over 4.5 billion people have fled Syria. They have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Europe, and Jordan; one of the biggest refugee immigration in recent history.

Syrian refugees.

Jordan alone is sheltering 635,000 United Nations-registered refugees.

Recently, on April 5, 2017, Assad attacked yet again with gas. The 'gas attack' left 58 people dead, children among those effected.

PJ Crowley from BBC states "Unlike President Obama, who hesitated in 2013 when confronted with a clear violation of his red line, Trump did not seek allies, ask Congress for permission, or evidently worry about long-term implications."

That brings us up to today. Will our president fully engage in the conflict, or was that just a one time thing? Will this war tear the world apart, causing World War III? Who will win in the end? Millions of people have been effected by this conflict, will any more?

How long will this devastating war continue?

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