Syria’s tragic descent
Since the spring of 2011, Syria has plunged into a devastating civil war, with the regime of Bashar al-Assad battling armed rebel groups across the country eager to end more than four decades of Assad family rule.
The brutal, ceaseless violence has destroyed some of the longest-inhabited cities on earth, crushed a once stable economy, displaced more than 3 million Syrians and maimed countless scores of men, women and children. Explosions, missile strikes, tank and gunfire have taken the lives of more than 100,000 civilians.
In August, the Syrian government launched a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held suburb in the capital of Damascus. More than 1,400 people, including more than 400 children, died of Sarin poisoning. The attack prompting international outrage and a deal among world powers to send United Nations inspectors into Syria to destroy the country’s deadly chemical arsenal.
Yet the war continues unabated.