Syrian Civil War
The Syrian civil war is an ongoing war between multiple parties taking place in Syria since the past seven years. The unrest started in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring protests that had originated in Tunisia. People in Syria protested against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who suppressed all dissent with violent clampdowns. The protests then soon ballooned from mass protests to a full-fledged armed rebellion. Today, the opposing sides are:
- Syrian Arab Republic – Assad government, Hezbollah, Iran and Russia – supported by Iraq
- Syrian opposition – Free Syrian Army, USA, Turkey and other allied support
- Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIL/ISIS)
- Democratic Federation of Northern Syria – supported by YPG and others
The casualties in this bloody war is estimated to be almost 5 lakhs including civilians and children.