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President of Syria Vows to Retake ‘Every Inch’ of Syria

June 9, 2016
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A man carries a young girl who was injured by government forces in Aleppo. BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images

A man carries a young girl who was injured by government forces in Aleppo. BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images

Bashar al-Assad is the President of Syria. He is a dictator. Many of the people of Syria wanted him to leave. An uprising began during the ‘Arab Spring.’

The Syrian people took to the streets. Soon Assad had his troop’s open fire on the people. The people pulled together and resisted Assad’s armed forces with an armed force of their own. The civil war in Syria began.

Six years later the war is going strong. Peace talks failed many times. Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are dead, wounded or have become refugees.

Bashar Al-Assad, President and dictator of Syria. Photo credit: Reuters

Bashar Al-Assad, President and dictator of Syria. Photo credit: Reuters

The United Nations and world leaders have tried to end the suffering. They have failed. Assad has become even more aggressive. He now controls only a small part of Syria. He has turned his back on all peace efforts. He said he would escalate the war.

The disaster gets worse. Russia is using air power to help Assad. Iranian militias are helping Assad. The rebels and the Islamic State fight each other and Assad. The U.S. uses its air power to strike Islamic State fighters and the forces of Assad.

The United States is not doing enough to defeat Assad. Although the U.S. said Assad had to go, it failed to arm his enemies. It failed to act in the face of his use of chemical weapons.

The real victims are civilians. Humanitarian aid does not get through. People are starving and dying. The suffering of the people continues. The great nations of the world cannot stop the war.

Source: The New York Times June 7, 2016

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