In Six Years 465,000 Killed in Syrian Civil War

By Jake Smith

The Syrian civil war began six years ago on Wednesday following the start of the Arab Spring, and since its beginning, 465,000 people have been killed or gone missing, according to a new report by The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.

The war began as an uprising against the Bashar al-Assad regime. Since then, the country has been a hotspot for terrorism and regional power struggles, allowing the Islamic State to develop significant territorial control.

The conflict has caused the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, with an estimated 4.8 million refugees who have been forced to leave their homes to seek safety.

Violence against civilians is far from over in Syria – 2016 was the worst year for children in Syria. Child injuries rose by 25 percent and death by 20 percent. The war has caused 321,000 deaths, and the Observatory estimates 96,000 of those deaths were civilians.

The Trump Administration continues to assert its committment to destroying ISIS, announcing on March 9th it will send an additional 400 troops to Syria. The additional troops would increase U.S. presence in Syria to its highest ever.  The U.S. began their intervention in Syria on September 22nd, 2014. Since then, over 5,000 US and allied airstrikes have hit ISIS positions.