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Syria Questions and Answers

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Syria Country Questions FREAS

1. History of the protests

a. When did the protests begin? Why did they begin?

The protests began 15 March 2011. The president of syria, Bashar Assad, boasted that a revolution would never happen in his country, unlike Syria’s near by neighbors Egypt and Tunisia. President Bashar Assad was wrong however. His country was affected by the ever spreading Arab Spring/Uprising.

b. How did the government respond?

The government cracked down on the protesters and killed six protesters and injured many more. The protesters demanded the resignation of the mayor and the security police leader. The police later responded to the protests by opening fire on the crowd. President Bashar Assad later apologized and gave his condolences to the families of those killed.

c. Identify at least two other major events and government responses.

i. A chemical weapon attack on the rebels, in the suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21, 2013, killed 1,429 people, including 426 children. The vast majority of these people were not rebels, and were in no way involved with the conflict, yet they were killed anyways.

ii. Friday 22 April 2011, is the bloodiest day yet in the revolution. Protesters/Rebels protesting against President Bashar al-Assad seized a tower block used as a base for pro-Gaddafi snipers. In response, the governments troops opened fire on protests, killing up to 20 people.

d. Identify two international responses that seem significant.

i. The international response to Syria's use of chemical weapons on its people, was (once it was proven) very strong, swift and negative. The United States even threatened military air strikes against the syrian government, unt...

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...ve international organizations (for example the Arab League, the UN, NATO, etc.) or other countries been involved in events in your country? If so, how? (Categorize/generalize some of the involvement.)

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is involved, and also the United Nations, for they have a global ban on chemical weapons. Also multiple members of the International Committee of the Red Cross have been taken hostage, but were later released.

b. What has been the position of the United States on the events in your country?

The United States has been very concerned about this conflict from the beginning, but are reluctant to get involved in another war however. The United States did threaten to attack Syria after the chemical attack, but are withholding attacks until the russians diplomatic plan mentioned earlier can be tried.
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