The War Of The Syrian Cities Of Aleppo And Damascus

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In the spring of 2011 a series of protests in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Damascus escalated into armed confrontations between protesters and Syrian Security Forces. By June 12th of the following year, the UN had declared Syria in a state of civil war. Since the announcement, over 191,000 men, woman, and children have been killed in the fighting. Syria has also seen a wave of violent crime and kidnapping since the start of the fighting. As the alarming death toll continues to rise, the world community franticly searches for a party on which to place the blame. With only a few exceptions, its eyes have fallen on the Assad government. The importance of the issue at hand (the allocation of blame) lies in its implications. The support of…show more content…
By mid 2012 several high value Syrian government officials were assassinated, including a defense minister and army general, and Hisham Ikhtiyar, who was the acting the intelligence chief at the time. During 2013 rebel groups, namely the FSA (Free Syrian Army), made major gains against government forces. One of the most notable being the seizure of Base 46, the largest military base near the Turkish border; from the armory rebels gained control of tanks, APCs, artillery cannons and more. While condemning the Syrian government on the world stage, countries such as The United States, Great Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and even Israel have been lending continual support to rebel groups in terms of arms and intelligence. The continued military setbacks, combined with the foreign intervention, and heavy casualties put the Syrian army at a major disadvantage tactically. It is beyond a reasonable doubt that the Syrian Armed Forces, once considered one the strongest in the region, was on the verge of defeat. What began with civil disobedience, inspired by the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, quickly and bizarrely turned into a full-fledged war. From the very beginning of the conflict, the Syrian government claimed the existence of armed groups in the Syrian countryside, but with the media hype of the
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