The Syrian War

Why Syria is in a War


Many children have lost their homes due to the war in Syria (courtesy of Huffington Post).

Lilly Wilt, Staff Writer

Syria has been in a civil war for almost seven years. According to BBC News, it all began in March 2011 when Syrians started protests similar to the Arab Spring protests. The Syrian government started using deadly force to stop the protests, causing more protests demanding that President Bashar al-Assad step down. This war caused terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The war is between people against the president, called rebels, and people for the president.

TIME says that many countries have gotten involved with the war, including the United States:

  • The United States has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS.
  • Russia has delivered air strikes and has military bases in Syria.
  • Iran has deployed hundreds of troops to fight.
  • Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen have fought with the Syrian army.
  • Saudi Arabia have helped armed and finance the rebels.

According to USA Today, the civil war in Syria has killed half a million people.