14 Mar '17, 11pm

How Syria's civil war morphed into a struggle among global powers:

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Syria's civil war began six years ago this week as a popular revolt against the brutal regime of President Bashar Assad. Now a domestic uprising that has left an estimated 500,00 dead and millions homeless has morphed into a global war, sucking major powers into a conflict growing more volatile by the day. The United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran — as well as foreign terrorists — have joined the fray with an array of forces, often with conflicting objectives. Overhead, the airspace is crowded with Russian and coalition aircraft, sometimes flying within sight of one another, as they pursue separate air campaigns. In the shadows, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East have secretly backed armed fighters to overthrow Assad. Rivalries and alliances are constantly shifting. “It's the most complicated environment and situation I...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/how-syria-s-civil...

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