Category: beginning

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Syria and the origin of a new Icy Battle

Recent US-led coalition strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, had Western analysts hoping for a tectonic change in Washington’s policy on Syria. Russia, on the other hand, was fearful that its previously unchecked influence in the battlefield was coming to an end. The results of the joint…

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Syria’s civil war outlined from the beginning

More than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, over a million injured, and over 12 million – half the country’s prewar population – have been displaced. Here is how and why the conflict started: What caused the uprising? While lack of freedoms and economic woes drove resentment of the Syrian government, the harsh crackdown on…