Dissecting the Syrian civil war: Who's fighting whom and where

Dissecting the Syrian civil war: Who's fighting whom and where

The Damascus suburbs, Idlib, Afrin and Deir Ezzor - the blood-soaked regions in Syria's seven-year civil war are the subject of near daily reports of airstrikes, chemical attacks and civilian massacres.

Dissecting the Syrian civil war: Who's fighting whom and where
Dissecting the Syrian civil war: Who's fighting whom and where News Guide
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The Damascus suburbs, Idlib, Afrin and Deir Ezzor - the blood-soaked regions in Syria's seven-year civil war are the subject of near daily reports of airstrikes, chemical attacks and civilian massacres.

The scars of the conflict stretch far and wide - across ethnic divides, religious sects and down family lines - indiscriminately reducing whole cities to rubble, their remains pockmarked with bullet holes of seemingly endless fighting.

But behind each region torn apart by the violence lies a distinct power struggle, between government forces, rebel fighters, Islamists, and proxy armies masking the strategic goals of world powers.

These multiple mini civil wars within the greater conflict in Syria make a peaceful solution little more than a distant hope. Here we break down and analyse five of the key battles raging across the country.

Afrin

On January 20, Turkey launched an offensive in northern...

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