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Syria Crisis

The crisis in Syria began on 15 March 2011, with popular demonstrations that grew nationwide by April 2011. These demonstrations were part of the Arab Spring. Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule, which began in 1963. Over the past two years the crisis has escalated into a major civil war resulting in the deaths of over 100,000 people, and on August 21 2013, the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. The chemical attack resulted in the death of over 400 children and was the largest chemical weapons attack this century, prompting calls for international intervention.

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Conflict is in its fifth year, having killed more than 220,000 people, according to a UN estimate

Saudi to host meeting of Syrian opposition groups

Saudi to host meeting of Syrian opposition groups

Friday, 8 May 2015 2:53 PM

GCC leaders said the meeting would try to "map out" the landscape after Assad and stress the need for a political solution

US senators call for humanitarian safe zones in Syria

US senators call for humanitarian safe zones in Syria

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 12:27 PM

War has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions of others since it began in 2011

Crashed Syrian army helicopter crew captured by rebels

Crashed Syrian army helicopter crew captured by rebels

Monday, 23 March 2015 12:36 PM

Photographs posted showed one of the crew apparently executed on the spot

Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers from tomb

Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers from tomb

Sunday, 22 February 2015 11:12 AM

One soldier was killed in an accident during the operation, officials said

Four years on, some in Europe support talking to Assad

Four years on, some in Europe support talking to Assad

Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:02 PM

Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria and Spain, Czech Republic, Norway and Switzerland said to support move, while France, Britain reject dialogue

Syria death toll now exceeds 210,000, says rights group

Syria death toll now exceeds 210,000, says rights group

Sunday, 8 February 2015 10:06 AM

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the real figure is probably much higher.

Syrian rebels say holding Iranian fighter, seeking swap

Syrian rebels say holding Iranian fighter, seeking swap

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 1:04 PM

Iran, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, has sent mainly military experts to help him in his battle with rebels.

Syria rebels overtake strategic base in south

Syria rebels overtake strategic base in south

Monday, 26 January 2015 12:27 PM

Base was one of several used to pound rebel-held villages and towns in southern part of the country

Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria

Over 230 bodies found in mass grave in eastern Syria

Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:19 PM

Thought to be members of the Al Sheitaat tribe which had battled ISIL militants

Air strikes in Syria have so far killed 553 people, including 32 civilians

Air strikes in Syria have so far killed 553 people, including 32 civilians

Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:44 AM

Human Rights monitors said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from ISIL

Assad tops list of Syria war crimes suspects, claims former prosecutor

Assad tops list of Syria war crimes suspects, claims former prosecutor

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:23 AM

International Criminal Court list of indictments of gov't officials, rebels was drafted for prosecution someday

US should have armed Syrian rebels quicker, says former Damascus ambassador

US should have armed Syrian rebels quicker, says former Damascus ambassador

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 11:56 AM

Retired diplomat claimed Obama's hesitancy had resulted in a rise in extremist threats against the US

Syria starts moving remaining chemical weapons, Pentagon says

Syria starts moving remaining chemical weapons, Pentagon says

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 11:49 AM

Assad's Western foes suspect him of deliberately dragging out the process

Syria neighbours alarmed by refugee flow, want more aid access

Syria neighbours alarmed by refugee flow, want more aid access

Monday, 5 May 2014 12:00 PM

Turkey urges setting up camps inside Syria under UN protection


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