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

Syrian Rebels Withdraw from Idlib’s Khan Shaikhoun

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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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