The Syrian Conflict
What began in 2011 with unrest in the wake of the Arab Spring is now a multisided armed conflict fought between government forces and their allies and various forces opposing both the government and each other in varying combinations. These summaries explain how the Syrian conflict came about, what caused it and whose interests are involved.
At a time of economic hardship, Tehran has provided billions of dollars to help Assad crush Islamist rebels. The question is why.
A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering