The Current Events Of The Syrian Civil War

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It has been over three years since Syria entered its civil war. The ongoing war has divided the country, from the fighting between Secular and Islamist to the conflict between the ethnic groups. Innocent civilians have been killed and civil rights violations are widespread. Cities have been destroyed by bombs and gun fights. According to the United Nation, an estimated number of casualties is well over 100,000. The war has caused 6.5 million Syrian internally displaced personnel. An additional 2.5 million have been exiled to neighboring countries. (Syrian War Takes Devastating Toll on Children).
The country’s current President, Basha al-Assad, succeeded his father (Hafez al-Assad, from 1970 to his death in 2000) to become the youngest president in Syrian history. The Syrian populace had hoped that the young Assad, given his higher education and western associations, would bring change to Syria and lead the country to its “democracy” state. In the early stage of his presidency, Assad promised economic and political reformation. However, with excessive government staffing and corruption, he was incapable of delivering his promise. (Bashar Hafez al-Assad). Nevertheless, he continued his father’s foreign policy, and is reportedly a strong supporter to militant groups such as Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.
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The Syrian Civil War started from peaceful demonstrations inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East. On 17 March 2011, a group of teens and children were arrested for writing political graffiti. The arrest ignited violence in Daraa, a city located 100 km south of Damascus in southwestern Syria. Inspired by the successful regime change in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, peaceful pro...

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