Syria: From Arab Spring to civil war

Modified: 20/11/2013 - 14:05

Peaceful protests in the spring of 2011 raised hopes of political change in Syria, but instead marked the start of a brutal civil war. Fighting between rebel factions and Bashar al-Assad’s regime has since claimed over 100,000 lives, sparked a refugee crisis, sowed divisions among Western powers and threatens to engulf the region.