8 stories to read if you want to understand the Syrian conflict

March 15, 2016 8:05 AM

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Here are eight stories that help explain the complicated history of the Syrian conflict, which began five years ago.

On March 15, 2011, Syrians protested in Damascus and in a "Day of Rage" rally in the city of Daraa, challenging the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Days later, security forces fatally shot several people in Daraa. As the protests spread, the government launched a harsh crackdown.

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