When did the Syrian Civil War between President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and rebel forces begin?
Before the U.S. launched an airstrike on a Syrian airfield in response to alleged gas attacks by the Syrian government on its citizens, the conflict that would claim more than 250,000 lives by early 2017 began as a series of protests.
In March 2011, these demonstrations started in response to the arrest and torture of teens who wrote political graffiti. Following several years of sanctions and casualties, the conflict rages on, taking center stage in the news, social media and diplomacy. Sources: CNN, BBC
The Syrian Civil War is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria, primarily fought between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and his allies on one side and various forces opposing him.
Status: Ongoing. Start date: March 15, 2011. Location: Syria