Hey, what’s going on? Here’s the latest entry in our weekly post series, “The Pitch.” This post, written by SFB’s very own Scott Craft (with additional research by Seth Millstein), takes a good, long look at the Syrian conflict, recapping the key points of an increasingly complex battle. Find Scott on Twitter over here, and Seth over here.
After months of non-violent protests against President Bashar al-Assad led to military crackdowns, Syria finds itself in the middle of a bitter civil war. Following several attempts to end the fighting peacefully, and more than a year of massive protests and guerilla-fighting across the country, the Free Syrian Army recently launched major offensives in the capital city of Damascus and coastal city of Aleppo — two of the oldest cities in the world. So where do things stand today, and how did we get to this point? Let’s take a look after the jump.
(Photo via FreedomHouse2)