Syrians mark the fifth anniversary of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Since March 2011 a quarter of a million have died in the conflict. Six and half million have been displaced. As the war drags on, DW looks back at how it started.
Asma al-Assad grew up in London, went to elite schools and had a promising career. Then, as wife of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, she became a beacon of hope for Syria.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Pentagon and US allies in Syria claim Russian jets bombed an area occupied by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The Kremlin denied the allegation, saying it had no incentive to bomb the pro-Western alliance.
A new safe zone would be a fourth of its kind, which Russian, Iranian and Turkish officials claim led to a decline in violence in Syria. But any comprehensive and long-lasting peace will require the weight of the UN.
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