Is the conflict in Syria a civil war, an insurgency or a proxy conflict? The Syrian Uprising is an

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Is the conflict in Syria a civil war, an insurgency or a proxy conflict? 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.…show more content…
In April 2011, the Syrian Army was deployed to quell the uprising and soldiers murdered demonstrators throughout Syria. The protests began to evolve into armed rebellions and members of the Armed Forces defected and created the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Since the formation of the FSA, the rebel group expanded throughout Syria. Factional groups also joined the conflict with the Army of Islam and less known Al-Qaeda groups operating against both the Syrian Armed Forces and the FSA. Recent statistics show that in July 2013, the Syrian government controlled approximately 30% – 40% of the country's territory and 60% of the Syrian population. The death toll reached 120,000 by September 2013. International organizations have accused both government and opposition forces of severe human rights violations including the use of chemical weapons. The UN and Amnesty International's inspections and probes in Syria determined both in 2012 and 2013 that the vast majority of abuses were carried out by the Syrian government. Estimates show that more than four million Syrians have been displaced and at least a further three million

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