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Syria: The story of the conflict

Syria: The story of the conflict
Image copyright Getty Images More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other - as well as jihadist militants from so-called Islamic State. This is the story of the civil war so far, in eight short chapters. 1. Uprising turns violent Pro-democracy protests erupted in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa after the arrest and torture of some teenagers who painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall. The unrest triggered nationwide protests demanding President Assad's resignation. Opposition supporters eventually began to take up arms, first to defend themselves and later to expel security forces from their local areas. 2. By June 2013, the UN said 90,000 people had been killed in the conflict. 3. 4. 5.

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