Syria - civil war

Pro-reform protests in Syria. See summary

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voanews.com Syria, Rebels Reach New Evacuation Deal for Besieged Cities 03/29
impunitywatch.com Colombia Faces an Increase in Assassinations of Indigenous Activists 03/28
dw.com The political prisoner, Syria and Beethoven 03/27
impunitywatch.com Mapuches Protest Police Brutality 03/21
foxnews.com Syrian refugees in Turkey mark anniversary of uprising 03/20
dnaindia.com Russia says summoned Israel's Ambassador over Israeli strike in Syria - agency 03/20
aina.org Human Rights Watch Calls on Syrian Kurds and KRG to Release Political Prisoners 03/19
stripes.com Syrian rebels begin evacuation from besieged Homs 03/18
aina.org Kurdish Internal Disputes Escalate Across Syria and Iraq 03/16
abc.net.au Syrian refugee's experience tells of human cost of conflict 03/16
aina.org Al Qaeda Is Starting to Swallow the Syrian Opposition 03/16
aljazeera.com Six years on: What next for Syria? 03/15
abc.net.au Six years since children's scrawled slogans sparked Syrian protests and bloody civil war 03/15
abc.net.au Two young Syrians recount the violence of the Deera protests 6 years ago 03/15
bbc.co.uk Syria's war has changed but not ended 03/15
dnaindia.com Factbox - As Syria war rages on, civilians the first casualty 03/15
aljazeera.com Syria: The Roots of Tyranny 03/15
sputniknews.com Aleppo Locals Still Suffering Even After Area Was Cleared From Terrorists – ICRC 03/15
globalsecurity.org Peace in Syria an imperative 'that cannot wait,' UN chief Guterres says as war enters seventh year 03/15
khaleejtimes.com US states build pressure for suspension of Trump's travel ban 03/14
dw.com EU's Mogherini unveils plan for post-war Syria 03/14
euractiv.com From Syria to Bulgaria, part I: Escaping death 03/14
rferl.org Top EU Diplomat Unveils Syria Plan As Conflict Enters Seventh Year 03/14
bbc.co.uk Six points that changed Syria's war 03/14
dailynews.lk Syria has become ‘torture chamber’: UN rights chief 03/14
dailytimes.com.pk 320,000 lives lost in Syria war: monitor 03/13
reuters.com Syrian war monitor says 465,000 killed in six years of fighting 03/13
nationmultimedia.com More than 320,000 dead in six years of Syria war: monitor      03/13
globalsecurity.org UNICEF: 2016 Worst Year Yet For Children In Syria's Civil War 03/13
tribune.com.pk Muslim female students fighting Trump’s travel ban with books 03/12
rferl.org UNICEF: 2016 Worst Year Yet For Children In Syria’s Civil War 03/12
ekklesia.co.uk UN refugee agency issues renewed funding plea for Syria 03/10
un.org UN refugee agency issues renewed funding plea for Syria, as conflict enters seventh year 03/09
bbc.co.uk Trump travel ban: Hawaii files first legal challenge 03/09
bbc.co.uk Trump travel ban: Targeted nations condemn new US order 03/07
aaj.tv Trump’s new travel ban raises bar for legal challenges 03/07
dailytrust.com.ng Trump signs new immigration order 03/07
sputniknews.com Iran Answers New Travel Ban By Continuing Prohibition of US Visitors 03/07
dnaindia.com Trump to sign revised executive order on immigration today 03/06
vancouversun.com Trump privately signs revised travel ban 03/06
telegraph.co.uk US Travel ban: What's different and who will it affect?  03/06
nzherald.co.nz US President Donald Trump signs revised immigration order 03/06
aljazeera.com Trump to sign new Muslim travel ban excluding Iraq 03/06
dnaindia.com US President Donald Trump signs new travel ban order, raises bar for legal challenges 03/06
stripes.com Ex-Syria government spokesman takes new stab at diplomacy 03/01
dailytimes.com.pk To save one life is to save all of humanity; Quran quoted at Oscars 02/28
allafrica.com Africa: Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany 02/28
sputniknews.com Standing Rock Water Protectors Evicted But Vow to Fight On 02/23
bbc.co.uk Trump travel ban: Five questions ahead of new executive order 02/21
bbc.co.uk Barcelona protest to support migrants draws thousands 02/18
dw.com Thousands call on Spain to welcome more refugees 02/18
reuters.com Bomb kills at least five soldiers in Northern Sinai 02/17
aljazeera.com Week in Pictures: From Pakistan blast to US protests 02/17
reuters.com Assad says Trump travel ban targets terrorists, not Syria's people 02/16
impunitywatch.com Cameroon Blocks Out Internet in Some Parts of the Country 02/14
upi.com Iraqi air force says surgical strike killed 13 militant leaders, 64 others 02/13
aina.org Iraqi Assyrians Protest in Beirut, Demanding Resettlement 02/13
countervortex.org Syria: Idlib between jihadis and imperial air-raids 02/12
rt.com Dresden memorial to Aleppo sparks controversy & protests 02/10
aljazeera.com Kashmir: Born To Fight 02/09
speroforum.com Catholic priest in Syria confident that Trump can bring peace 02/09
thecuttingedgenews.com The Edge of Terrorism - Banning The Muslim Brotherhood 02/09
dnaindia.com Court hearing on Trump travel ban draws more than 2.6 mln listeners 02/08
aina.org Six Kurdish Politicians Released From Prison in Syria's Qamishli 02/08
rediff.com 16 US Attorney Generals challenge Trump's immigration ban 02/07
voanews.com Trump's Ban Halted, Previously Affected Travelers Resume Their Lives 02/06
nationmultimedia.com Trump blasts courts for blocking travel ban, warns of 'peril' 02/06
rediff.com The US under Trump: Why this American is worried 02/06
csmonitor.com Wheaton College offers refugee scholarship in response to Trump travel ban 02/06
aina.org Is Erdogan's Syria Policy Slipping Through His Fingers? 02/06
allafrica.com Egypt: Egypt Army Kills 14 Militants in Central Sinai - Army Spokesman 02/06
tribune.com.pk With Trump travel ban still blocked, travelers head to US 02/06
monitor.co.ug Thousands protest in US, Europe over Trump travel ban 02/05
nationmultimedia.com Protestors march across US capital in solidarity with immigrants 02/05
dnaindia.com Trump blasts courts for blocking travel ban, warns of 'peril' 02/05
usatoday.com Iraqi family now can fly to U.S., 'land where our dreams will come true' 02/05
dailytimes.com.pk Protestors express solidarity with Trump’s ban victims 02/05
nbcnews.com Who Can Come to the U.S. Now That the Ban Is Halted? 02/04
upi.com Thousands march in London to protest Donald Trump's state visit 02/04
reuters.com Thousands protest in London against Trump's refugee ban 02/04
dnaindia.com Digest for international stories for week Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2017 02/04
sputniknews.com Three Weeks of Protest: Anti-Trump Demonstrators Rally Against Travel Ban 02/04
bbc.co.uk Trump appeal against Seattle judge's travel ban ruling 02/04
dnaindia.com Thousands protest in US, Europe over Trump travel ban 02/04
france24.com Thousands protest in London and Paris against Trump travel ban 02/04
scmp.com What Muslims must learn from anti-Trump protests in America 02/04
telegraphindia.com Trump erupts on judge 02/04
stripes.com Indonesians, Filipinos protest Trump's immigration policy outside US embassies 02/04
tribune.com.pk NY museum protests Trump travel ban through art 02/04
sputniknews.com DHS Says Travel Ban Does Not Affect Lawful Residents Apart From 7 Listed States 02/03
dnaindia.com US judge temporarily blocks Trump's travel ban nationwide 02/03
sputniknews.com US Federal Judge Rejects Halt on Trump Immigration Ban 02/03
bbc.co.uk Trump travel ban: Seattle judge issues nationwide block 02/03
npr.org There's A Long, Ignominous Trail Of Bans, Registries And Forced Relocation 02/02
zeenews.india.com Post ban, Syrian envoy dubs U.S. as ''sponsor of terrorism'' 02/02
bbc.co.uk New York's Yemeni bodega owners protest against US entry ban 02/02
bbc.co.uk Trump travel ban 02/02
vanguardngr.com Trump’s ban: “I fear the worst is yet to come,’’-Protester 02/02
reuters.com Nobel Peace Prize winners critique Trump's immigration policy 02/02
dnaindia.com 'We are your friends and America is your country too!': Texas community extends support to local mosque 02/02

Summary

Syria has been in a state of emergency since 1963, which its governments justify by its state of war with Israel, and use to suspend its citizens’ constitutional rights. The al-Assad family, which has ruled since 1970, is Alawi Shiite, which is considered heretical by the majority Sunni population.

The 2011 uprising began on March 15th as simultaneous demonstrations occurred in major cities across the country. On April 25th, military forces besieged Daraa, using tanks and snipers, and cutting off water, power, and phone lines. By June 12th the city was reported to be under famine conditions with no supplies being allowed into the area. On June 10th, the Syrian army attacked Jisr-al Shughour in response to an alleged rebel ambush that resulted in the death of 120 policemen. Civilians claim the deaths were executions made by the Syrian army of soldiers refusing to fight. On July 31st, the Syrian army entered the city of Hama, firing on the public, and killing over 100 civilians in what was named the Ramadan Massacre.