BEIRUT - It began as an expression of outrage at a long-running familial dictatorship, fueled by the hope that the Arab Spring protests spread across the Mideast and North Africa in March 2011. Now, almost five years later and at least 250,000 deaths later, a shaky cease-fire is the only small hope of beginning to resolve the Syrian conflict.
In that time, the fighting has had an outsized impact on global politics.
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