War In Syria Displaces Millions

Posted on January 12, 2017 by

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In 2011, Congress declared war on Syria for the arrest of 15 school children after they painted Revolutionary slogans on a school wall. After security officers opened fire on these demonstrators, the streets began rioting, killing several.

This war ended in 2015, killing over 250,000 people. Since the start of this war, a UN commission of inquiry has gathered evidence that all parties in this crime have either committed murder, torture, rape, or enforced disappearances.

Both parties agreed to a four-year siege in the city of Darayya, giving strategic significance to the government and the rebels who now control this city. To this day, the Syrian Civil War is still causing many deaths, and soldiers are evacuating the citizens of Darayya.

“[The war] is overrated,” junior Kayla Witman said.

As of 21 August, Congress has been pushing to authorize a military action against Syria for ninety days because of the belief that previous dictator, Sadaam Hussein, influenced the citizens of Syria today to build weapons of mass destruction.

Fifty-nine percent of the people who were questioned said that they don’t believe it is right to place American troops in this war. If this plan is rejected, the White House still has the power and authority to strike.

“Bringing Congress into the equations seems to have added a political dimension to the Syria debate,” CNN polling director, Keating Holland said.

As of December 2016, 4.81 million civilians have fled the country, and 6.3 million are displaced internally. The violence is currently ongoing against these civilians and has been condemned by the Arab League, the European Union, the United States, and other countries.

On 22 December 2016, Syria’s state-run media announced that government forces have taken full control of Aleppo, ending more than four years of rebel rule there.

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