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

March 15, 2016 8:05 AM

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

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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