Syria - Fighter Jets And Heavy Artillery Rocking The City
The Syrian civil war, also referred to as the Syrian uprising is an ongoing internal armed political conflict in Syria. The conflict began on 15 March 2011 with public demonstrations as part of the wider Arab Spring and developed into a nationwide uprising, and a civil war in 2012. Protesters have demanded the end to nearly five decades of Ba'ath Party rule, as well as the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. In the spring of 2011, the Syrian government deployed the Syrian Army to quell the uprising. Several cities have been besieged,and soldiers were reportedly ordered to open fire on civilians. According to witnesses, soldiers who refused to open fire on civilians were summarily executed by the Syrian Army. Civilians and army defectors began forming fighting units, and unified under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, fighting in an increasingly organized fashion; however, the civilian component of the armed opposition lacks an organized leadership. The Syrian government characterizes the insurgency as "armed terrorist groups". The argument that the opposition should negotiate with the regime about reform was never popular because of the regime's rejection of compromise and its record of detaining critics. According to various sources, including the United Nations, up to 23335 people have been killed, of which about half were civilians, but also including 11930 armed combatants consisting of both the Syrian army and rebel forces and up to 1840 opposition protesters <b>...</b>
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