The push to overthrow Bashar began on social media by a group called, “Syrian Revolution 2011 against Bashar al-Assad” (Gelvin 2015). The group scheduled a peaceful protest in Damascus on March 11th to demand the release of political prisoners, which was not successful. A few days later, 10 school children were arrested in Daraa for making statements against the regime. When they were not released, a large group of protestors took it to the streets in protest. The regime opened fire and killed several. Protests spread from city to city across Syria, eventually reaching the largest cities of Damascus and Aleppo (Gelvin 2015). From this moment the situation has spiraled out of control, turning into a civil war and after international intervention, a proxy war.
The Syrian Civil War continues to be a major issue in the world today. Though it began as an issue over the resignation of President Bashar Al Assad against the government and Syrians, the war has greatly escalated. It currently involves over 50 different groups, all supporting either the government or the Syrian people, but possessing a slightly different goal. All of this violence poses a threat to individual nations all through the world, focusing on the immigration of refugees into such nations and the impact of such a movement upon that nation. Furthermore, all of this violence has violated the human rights of millions of people, with rape , torture, and harsh execution style killings occurring on a daily basis. Millions of people caught
The movement began as a peaceful demonstration but eventually outside forces joined and began to use this movement for other purposes - mainly violent ones. The protests turned into massive ones around March of the same year and thousands of people took the streets of Syria in peaceful protests. Later in April 2011, the Syrian government has decided to send out the military to subdue the protests. Opposition groups began to arm themselves and fight back after this, and they were aided by the Syrian military members who joined them as well. The government was not happy about these protests and they responded with extreme measures such as torturing and killing protesters, kidnapping, and mistreatment. The government troops opened fire on civilians and the civilians fired back in response to this. The result of this was the Syrian army quickly turning this to an armed conflict. Daily, terrorist groups sabotage innocents, blow up buildings/infrastructure, bomb roads, and murder civilians in mass scales. Many communities are destroyed and terrorized, families are displaced and broke apart, and people are being murdered on the streets - security officials and civilians. These evil acts are being put through by the Free Syrian Army, as well as some ISIS overlap.
President Bashar al-Assad’s army is currently in an ongoing battle against the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria); a Syrian civil war. This unrest began in the early spring of 2011. The people of Syria were protesting against their leader and the leader’s forces responded with violent “enforcement of regulations”. After
“As far as I am concerned, Syria has not changed”, proposes Bashar Al Assad, the current president of Syria and the commander of the Syrian armed forces, on July 17, 2014 (“Syrian Civil War” 3). In the opinion of Bashar al-Assad, Syria has not changed since the Syrian Civil War, a war fought between the Syrian government and the Free Syrian Army for human rights and political power, began. However, the Syrian Civil War has gone on for over five dreadful years and the death toll has grown to over 500,000 (“Syrian Civil War” 1). The deaths of 500,000 people and the injuries of over 2,000,000 are clearly significant, and there has definitely been a change to the country of Syria ever since the war began. The Syrian rebels’ goal is to increase
The initial protests that sparked the Syrian Civil War occurred in the context of the Arab Spring, a series of mass protests and uprisings that overtook the region beginning with the Tunisian uprising sparked by the self-immolation of a political dissident. The Tunisian Uprising ultimately led to the actual overthrow of the Tunisian government, but affairs were not to conclude so decisively in Syria. The Arab Spring protests writ large were inspired by Middle Easterners’ dissatisfaction with governments they viewed as overly repressive, corrupt, and non-representative, and the Assad regime, grown bloated and corrupt through forty-plus years of uninterrupted rule, certainly fit the bill. The Syrian government reacted in a predictably authoritarian fashion to protests, restricting movement and imprisoning those found guilty of supposedly seditious activities through the spring and summer of 2011, including simple anti-government graffiti (Fahim and Saad). Eventually, the military began to resort to open tactical opposition against mostly unarmed protestors, moving to militarily pacify the city of Daraa where the protests had begun in the late spring (BBC). Military dominance, though taken for granted in a nation that had been ruled
The Syrian conflict began in 2011 in the city of Daraa. The war began following the appearance of anti government graffiti was sprayed onto a school. With students facing repercussions from the government an effort to remove the current government (with the Assad family at the helm). A militia composed of locals and Jihadists, called the Free Syrian Army, along with other countries around the globe began showing their disapproval for the current regime. This culminated with the United Nations General Assembly meeting in 2012 agreeing to pass a resolution to crack down on President Assad. I have organized key events into the years they have occurred.
Syria has undergone very tragic situations such as, an ongoing civil war since 2011 that is still active today. This civil war was caused mostly by the actions of Syria’s current president Bashar Al-Assad. When protesters in Syria demanded long overdue reforms in the political system, President Assad saw this as “an illegal revolutionary effort to overthrow” Syria and its citizens (Carter). Assad felt that what he was doing was legitimate and the Syrian citizens were wrong which therefore
“Syria has become the great tragedy of this century - a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history,” said António Guterres, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees. Uprisings and unrest have been occurring in Syria and the surrounding areas for decades, but I will be focusing on the past four years as tensions began to get worse every day. Politics and the government always seem to be the root of the problem when it comes to these violent and deadly protests and full on war. There are always two sides who don’t agree on anything, and probably will never find common ground. The two groups engaging in this civil war include supporters of President Bashar as-Assad, the president of Syria, and a group of rebels who do not want this man to be in power any longer. It all began about four in a half years ago in March 2011. There have always been the group of people in every place, who disagree with the government and their decisions. Most of the time, these protestors and rebels just want to get a little bit of a rise out of the government and move on. However, after a group of teenagers painted revolutionary slogans on the walls of a school, security began to open fire on them and ended up killing a majority of them. After this incident, more and more people began to come together and join their peers in the fight against the corrupt government. This revolutionary time frame was referred to as the “Arab Spring” and was not
Severe civil war in Syria is a massive flow of protests of citizens against their government, chaos and disorder existing in their country. The situation was characterized by wide intergovernmental actions against president Bashar al-Assad. Government sent army troops in order to stop protesters, what was followed by the beginning of war in Syria.
The Syrian Uprising is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust its regime. The conflict has many complex entities with factions present that are seeking their own foothold in the country’s struggle over power. However, this was not always the case and an examination will take place into weather the conflict can be defined as either a civil war, an insurgency or a proxy conflict. The definition of the type of conflict is relevant as it is critical to whether or not intervention is necessary and how states may go about it, for instance, the laws of war are different from the laws of armed protests.
Antigovernment movements broke out in early 2011 with the Arab Spring. The Syrian government has used brute force, even illegal chemical weapons, to suppress protests. Armed resistance to the regime arose in the summer as soldiers defected from Assad and established the Free Syrian Army consequently. The main belligerents consist of the Syrian Army, the Syrian National Defense Force, Shabiha, Hezbollah, and Iran, whilst the opposing parties consist of Syrian National Council, Syrian National Coalition, Islamic Front, Mujahideen, Al-Nusra, Syrian Kurds, and Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) and the Levant. International reactions in regards to the Syrian Civil War vary from support of al-Assad’s regime to advocating the government dissolve. Currently, the Assad regime controls Damascus, and most of the provincial capitals in the West of Syria, whilst the rebellion has large swathes of land to the East and North. The Syrian Civil War has evoked divided opinion from international leaders, with Western powers such as the United States, supporting the rebels, whilst superpowers Russia and China support Assad’s regime. As a result, a contemporary proxy war has emerged. This paper will examine the different perspectives global leaders have on the Syrian Civil War, and consequently their actions towards the conflict.
Syria’s war has morphed from peaceful demonstrations against the administration back in 2011 to a bloody-violent uprising that has flipped in several other countries. What started as a diplomatic response to the arrest and ill-treatment to a bunch of young lads accused of painting revolutionary slogans against the Assad administration by peaceful Arab Spring demonstrators turned out to a trigger-happy occasion, as far as Syria’s government is concerned, at rallies and public demonstrations. Just doing it, the military forces are almost at-will every time they choose to open-fire
On December 18, 2010, a revolution in Tunisia initiated a rise in rebellion across the Arab world. Egypt, Lybia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, and Syria arose in revolutionary demonstrations, riots, protests (violent and non-violent), and in some civil wars. Syria had the most ruinous ramification. In fear of his regime being overthrown the president of Syria Bashar al-Assad initiated fire in a nonviolent protest in attempts to restore order. His retaliation only inculcated more anger in Syrian citizens and created one of the most serious unrest in Syria, which eventually started a proxy war between higher powers -the United States and Russia-involvement. The warfighting actors within Syria include; Syrian rebels, Kurds, Bashar al-Assad’s government, and now ISIS. The brutal violence has resulted from noncombatant civilians necessity to flee the country in hopes of restoring peace in their life. Over half, the state 's population is reaching out to the world for asylum. Moreover, this war has risen international disputes in the level of involvement to take in Syria. The humanitarian assistance with the refugees takes precedence, and whether to take in or not to take Syrian refugees.