The situation in Syria is not at all improved. In case you missed it, the casualties continue to rise from the ongoing conflict in Syria. The leader of Syria (Asad) is backed by Russia, moderate rebels are supported by the U.S. To further complicate matters, ISIS has taken advantage of the conflict and moved in on quite a few territories. Russia and the U.S. have been trying to work together against ISIS, but that is an awkward predicament when they are at the same time fighting each other within Syria.
Two major cities in Syria are Dabiq, which is a symbolically important city for ISIS, and Aleppo, a large city on the Syria border. The continuous fighting and bombing has caused an historic outpouring of Syrian people fleeing the terror. This has caused the so-called “Immigration Crisis”. Nearby countries have not all been incredibly welcoming, as they fear that terrorists could sneak into their country under the guise of being a refugee. Syrian refugees may stay in their country and risk being killed by indiscriminate barrel bombs, or gamble on a flight to countries which may or may not welcome them.
Countless refuges have died in the attempt to flee. A bright light in all this chaos is the White Helmet group. They are a politically, religiously, and economically independent group who is dedicated to rescuing Syrian citizens who have become casualties of the conflict going on around them. The group is made up completely of volunteers who live and work in the regions of Syrian where warfare is constant and danger is a daily issue. They rescue those stuck in rubble, those affected by chlorine from barrel bombs, and anyone else that needs help. Several attempts have been made to achieve a cease-fire in Syria.
The most recent attempt was last month, on September 12th. The goal was to put a hold on the fighting for a week so that humanitarian groups could get much needed aid to civilians. After the seven days, the US and Russia were supposed to get together to target their mutual enemies, ISIS and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. The cease fire was not a complete success. One controversial option has been a no-fly zone over Syria. This could be counterproductive in the event that Russia violates the regulations thereby starting what could be a much larger war. It doesn’t help that the U.S. is already at odds with Russia over their annexation of Crimea from the Ukraine. Oh, and the decades long Cold War which is still fresh in plenty of memories.
At this point there is no clear path to peace. The conflict in Syria is just one of many issues transpiring in Europe and the Middle East. A faction of the Turkish army attempted a coup earlier this year. The “legitimate” president of Yemen has been exiled to Aden, and the country is currently led by rebels. Egypt is still recovering from the revolution. OPEC has been getting skittish over plummeting gas prices. This is one reason that the next U.S. presidential election has been in the news so much. The new leader of the free world could change the course of events in monumental ways.