War in Syria: Who controls what and what happens

War in Syria: Who controls what and what happens?

Since March 2011, fighting in Syria has killed an estimated 465,000 people, injured more than one million, and forced about 12 million people – or half the country’s pre-war population – from their homes.

Forces loyal to the Syrian government have retaken major rebel strongholds, as well as large swaths of territory in the country’s south in recent months.

Here’s a look at who controls what in Syria:

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Who are the key players:
Syrian government
The main cities under government control are: Damascus, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Latakia, Tartus, Palmyra, Albu Kamal.

Free Syrian Army (FSA)
– The Free Syrian Army is a loose conglomeration of armed brigades formed in 2011 by defectors from the Syrian army and civilians aiming to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
– Since the battle of Aleppo, the FSA has retained control of limited areas in northwestern Syria.
– The main area it controls is: Idlib province.

Kurdish control
The main cities under Kurdish control are: Raqqa, Qamishli, Hasakah.

ISIL control
After the battle for Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) remains in control of an area near Albu Kamal, surrounded by government forces westward and Kurdish forces in the east.

Other groups
Other groups fighting in Syria include Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, Iran-backed Hezbollah and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

War in Syria news

ISIS Fighters End Up in the Ranks of the Syrian Free Army

DAMASCUS, (BM) - The ANHA information service publishes material describing how ISIS fighters, including those held in camps in northern Syria, end up in the ranks of the so-called Syrian Free Army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, qupting

A Russia’s Su-57 Has Been Conducted an Airstrike in Syria

DAMASCUS, (BM) - The crew of the fifth-generation Russian aircraft Su-57 has been conducted an air strike yesterday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing information from an independent ground source. Read more: Russia Develops

The U.S. Military and Defense Mission in Syria is Not Over Yet

JERUSALEM, (BM) - Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State’s leader, the Pentagon is increasing US efforts to protect Syria’s oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country’s Russian allies.

Russia Sends Armored Vehicles to Syria

MOSCOW, (BM) - Il-76 military aircrafts have delivered several armored vehicles to the Khmeimim base in Syria in order to assist the units of the Russian military police tasked with patrolling the Syrian-Turkish border, learned

Video of Turkish Drone Hitting YPG/PKK With Pinpoint Accuracy

ANKARA, (BM) - Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) struck YPG/PKK terrorists who plan to target civilian settlements in Turkey's southern borders, the National Defense Ministry said on Monday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The ministry said on

Two Sources Confirm Turkish Airstrikes Have Begun

ANKARA, (BM) - Two sources confirm Turkish Airstrike in Syria nave begun, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: 'Turkish troops, Syrian National Army begin Operation Peace Spring in northern

Turkey Has Started Airstrike in Syria Against Kurds

ANKARA, (BM) - Videos circulating on social media appear to show Turkish forces targeting Kurdish troops near Syria’s border with Iraq with airstrikes, just hours after the US announced it would be pulling out of the region, learned

Syrian Kurds: Turkey to Prepare for a War

DAMASCUS, (BM) - Representatives of Kurdish armed groups in Syria responded to statements by the Turkish president about their readiness to launch a military operation on the eastern bank of the Euphrates in northern Syria, learned

Syrian Rebels Withdraw from Idlib’s Khan Shaikhoun

IDLIB, (BM) - Syrian opposition fighters have withdrawn from a key town in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, northwest of the country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting AlJazeera. Read more: Terrorists are Trying to Expand the

Heavy Bombardment in Syria’s Last Rebel-Held Province

DAMASCUS, (BM) - The Syrian army has resumed operations against armed rebels in Idlib, scrapping a ceasefire in the last opposition-held stronghold, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting AlJazeera. In a statement carried by state media

ISIS Still Poses a Significant Threat to Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON, the U.S. (BulgarianMilitary.com) - ISIS still poses a significant threat to Iraq and Syria and to the wider world, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting the U.S. MoD. Providing a coalition operations update from Baghdad to

Vasily Nebenzya: Everyone Should Leave Syria, Even Russia

NEW YORK, the United States (BulgarianMilitary.com) - Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, stressed that everyone, including Iran, Turkey and even Russia should eventually leave Syria, learned

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