Welcome to Part 3 of The World At War series. So far we have illustrated the timeline of events taking place in Iraq. Starting with the Iraq- Iran war in 1980 all the way up until this day.
In this instalment of the series, we are going to discuss the chain of events taking place in Syria.
2011 Civil war erupted as a result of an uprising of rebels against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime.
2015 Wahabi influenced Islamic extremists known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), started to create strongholds in Iraq and Syria enforcing sharia law. ISIS had the same objective as the rebels funded and armed by the Barack Obama administration. The aim was to overthrow Assad leading to dangerous tensions rising with Russia.
For how Islamic State formed in Iraq, click here:
Russia’s involvement with Syria
Do we owe a debt of gratitude to Russia, even if he did meddle in the 2016 USA elections and the UK Vote Leave EU referendum?
Such conspiracy theories will never be proven, bearing in mind Hilary Clinton‘s desire to continue the catastrophe- Supplying arms to rebels in Syria and inadvertently aiding and abetting ISIS due to the inability to distinguish them apart.
In the interest of avoiding a war with Russia, a vote for Donald Trump is more than reasonable.
While the Obama administration was assisting the rebels‘ opposition to Assad’s regime, Vladimir Putin has been an ally of Assad.
Donald Trump- The Game Changer
After Donald Trump was elected as president of the USA in November 2016 and his inauguration in January 2017, Trump decided it was time to stop further complications in Syria and to avoid any potential conflict with Russia. Holding a much clearer objective, the US took the focus off Assad and were all the more determined to defeat ISIS!
When ISIS began to look defeated Trump was keen to withdraw troops from Syria. But the more severe threat appeared to be alleged chemical attacks from the Syrian government on innocent civilians.
2013 The chemical attacks containing Sarin took place in Ghouta, Syria at the time of the civil war. This was the deadliest use of chemical weapons since the Iran- Iraq war.
For reference click here: World At War part 2: The Iraq conflict
2017 In April, chemical attacks took place in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun controlled by militant group Tahrir al-Sham killing up to 75 people! Russia claimed that the Syrian government bombed a rebel building which ‘May have contained a chemical rebel stockpile’.
2018 In April The inexcusable chemical attacks on innocent civilians that killed 60 people including women and children were not to be tolerated! With the help of Britain and France, US air strikes were carried out on the chemical plants in Douma.
The plot starts to thicken; now it’s been proven many of the rebels in Syria belong to militant Islamist groups (just like in Iraq). To what lengths would the insurgents or even ISIS go to destroy Assad?
Vladimir Putin may not be the most reliable source of information, but what if he happens to be telling the truth about a chemical rebel stockpile? Why is Vladimir Putin allied the with the minority Shia Muslims when the west is supporting the Sunni majority? And what does that mean for the future of Islam?
There will be more to follow in part Four next week where we will elaborate on the subject of Russia and another of her powerful allies- Iran.