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What's Left of Syria? (Facts and Pictures)

World  (tags: Syria, infographics, images, destruction, damages, Al Jazeera, civil war )

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Millions have lost their homes while hundreds of thousands have been killed. What was once a country steeped in history and diverse culture is now a war-torn country brought to rubble. Here is whatâEUR(TM)s left of Syria: Powerful and depressing


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Teresa W (782)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 5:02 am
sadly noted

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 5:55 am
There's nothing positive coming out of war. . .
Thanks Evelyn.

Animae C (507)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 6:51 am

Ben O (135)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 7:02 am
Depressing indeed...

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 5, 2015, 9:33 am
So about the poor animals.

jan b (5)
Monday April 6, 2015, 8:18 am
Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Syrian war, Assad's long-serving UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said his president was ready to work with the United States and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

I can understand women with children to care for.....but I don't know why millions have fled Syria instead of remaining and fighting for their own country. Reminds me too much when the IRAQI men were wandering aimlessly in the streets and not joining up with the military and expecting the USA to do the fighting for them and it took 4 years to train one battalion. .

Evelyn B (63)
Monday April 6, 2015, 9:45 am
Jan - Most don't have arms, don't necessarily have any training for fighting, & the militias also lack arms & munitions ... Add to that - Are you aware how many splinter groups, of very varied affiliations, exist in Syria? And all - with the exception of ISIS - claim to be fighting for ISIS. Who knows who is pulling strings behind different splinter groups? How would one choose which group to join? What they really want is an end to the fighting, peace & calm to return so that they and their families can live a normal life. Should they join Assad's army to fight ISIS ... and find themselves fighting anti-Assad groups with whom they may share a wish to move out of the oppression of the Baathist regime, rather than ISIS? Join a splinter group and find themselves fighting other splinter groups rather than ISIS or the Regime?

And - contrary to the stereotype of bloodthirsty Arabs (be they Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian, Jordanian, Lebanese etc ....) the people aren't just longing for a chance to go out and fight, kill, harm on the slightest excuse. They are ordinary people, like you ... They prefer peace.

And by the way - those Iraqi men that you sneer at - if they were keen to use violence to settle their problems, they would have risen up against Saddam. They didn't invite the US in to fight for them: the US invaded, on a faked up pretext of Weapons of Mass Destruction .... So why should they join US-run military? Again, your stereotype vision of "killer Arabs" is showing.

So easy to criticise from a safe home in the US, especially if you believe that all Arabs believe in violence, love violence .... But that just isn't true. Most of them are ordinary, peace-loving & family-loving people. Whose lives have been shattered. Recognise that - and don't judge them harshly because they are NOT the violent people that you believe them to be.

Janet B (0)
Monday April 6, 2015, 1:02 pm

Roslyn McBride (30)
Monday April 6, 2015, 2:31 pm

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday April 6, 2015, 3:03 pm
What a waste!

Birgit W (160)
Monday April 6, 2015, 4:24 pm

Johanna Kidd (3)
Monday April 6, 2015, 5:50 pm
Such destruction&such a waste! Peace, not war!

Carol R (11)
Monday April 6, 2015, 6:51 pm
The ugly face of war, the reality of war. Thanks Evelyn.

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 4:09 am
THanks Evelyn

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 5:01 am
evie, get off the soapbox. Th only people talking about *bloodthirsty muslims* is You and Yours. The rest of us are talking about indiscriminate terrorists.

Thomas M (8)
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 6:37 am
In all of this mess, one thing is for sure. Assad needs to be eliminated peacefully or otherwise. Maybe Russia (or probably Iran) would be a great place of exile for the failed dictator who will be replaced by more chaos and more killing until the dominate terrorist group takes over to create more havoc throughout the Middle East and fear for the local citizens who mean no harm. The same scenario will look the same in 2115.

DORIS L (61)
Tuesday April 7, 2015, 7:47 am
Reality sucks, doesn't it?

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday April 8, 2015, 3:20 am
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