News in Review Crisis in Syria

News in Review Crisis in Syria

What started as a few isolated protests suddenly became a nationwide phenomenon and, the more the movement grew, the more violent President Bashar al-Assad’s army became. Within months, the crisis evolved into an all-out civil war. It was the president’s hope that the military might of the Syrian army would stop the uprising in its tracks. Instead it spawned a spirit of militancy among the common people and caused many members of the armed forces to defect to the protesters' side, thus pitting the extremely well-armed and well-trained Syrian army against a makeshift rebel army consisting of protesters and ex-soldiers.

  • 2012
  • 00:18:19
  • 15-17
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