The Syrian conflict

Syria is a country in Western Asia and is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Kurds and Turks to name a few. Sunni make up the largest religious group in Syria. Since March 2011, Syria has been embroiled in an armed conflict with a number of countries in the region and beyond involved militarily or otherwise.

More than 250, 000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with and anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other. What is the Syrian conflict all about and how did it start?

A peaceful uprising against the president of Syria seven years ago has turned into a full-scale civil war. The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict primarily between the Ba´athist Syrian Arab Republic led by President Bashar al-Assaf, and various forces opposing both the government and each other in varying constellations.





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