Menguy 1Hugo MenguyProfessor. St. JohnGeography 13025 April 2018One of Many Problems in SyriaSyria is a country who has been at civil war for the last seven years, with different groupstrying to seize control of the country. There are three main groups that are leading this total chaos; soldiers who support the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, fighters known as rebels (who don't want Assad to be in power anymore), and a group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS). Thewar happening is one of many problems happening in Syria. In the chaos of fighting between the government and anti-government fighters, the Islamic State took over large parts of Iraq and thenmoved into eastern Syria, where they were able to gain land and power. Even though IS has sincelost control of a lot of this land, fighting continues in the country.Both sides say only a political solution can end the conflict, but a number of attempts to broker ceasefires and start dialogue have failed, with the main sticking point being the fate of al- Assad. The war may have started out as an uprisingagainst President Bashar al-Assad, but now it's a free-for-all. At least 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other - as well as jihadist militants from so-calledIslamic State.
Menguy 2The image above displays the death toll from March 2011 to December 2015.The situation doesn’t look like it’s going to get resolved anytime soon because it has been getting more complicated due to other countries have got involved in the conflict. The Syrian government's key supporters are Russia and Iran, while the United States, Turkey and Saudi Arabia back the rebels. The United Kingdom, France and other western countries have also provided varying levels of support to whatthey consider to be "moderate" rebels.
Menguy 3The image above represents how complicated the situation in Syria is. It can be considered as a free for all. In early April 2018, a chemical weapons attack struck the city of Douma in Syria, the third attack in the year (the two other attacks happened in January). About 500 people had symptoms consistent with a chemical attack: burning eyes, breathing problems and white foam
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