Both Sides Mark One Year Since Initial Protests Began
Pro-regime and pro-rebel marches massed today in Syria to commemorate the one year anniversary of the beginning of the anti-Assad protest movement. Thousands of Assad supporters marched in Damascus to celebrate his continued rule.
The first protests started in the town of Daraa in mid-March of 2011, and violent moves against the protesters quickly swelled their numbers, eventually creating a major nationwide movement calling for reform.
The opposition looks quite different one year later, as peaceful protests have mostly been replaced with Western-backed armed factions and al-Qaeda fighters, loudly spurning UN efforts to negotiate a settlement.
Where things will go from here is anyone’s guess, but there seems to be at least some international support for a negotiated settlement, and the calls for invasion, once dominant on the international scene, at least now have a counterpoint.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Spies Using Intercepted Communications to Seek Links Between Russia, Trump Allies - January 20th, 2017
- Trump Inauguration Address Centers on Fighting Islamic Terror - January 20th, 2017
- Denmark to Send Special Forces to Syria - January 20th, 2017
- ISIS Shifts Focus to Syria as They Lose Ground in Iraq - January 20th, 2017
- CIA Is Directorless as Senators Block Pompeo Vote - January 20th, 2017