By BVI NEWS Online Editor on Sunday, February 06, 2018 11:53:37With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is a different time for the world.
Russia and the West are at each other’s throats over the fate of Syria and its people.
But what is the reality?
The war in the country has been raging since March 2011, when the government of Bashar al-Assad was overthrown and the Syrian civil war began.
It is a civil war between Sunni and Shia Muslims who are competing for power in a country that was a bastion of Islam, Christianity and secularism before the Muslim invasion of 742 years ago.
More than three years later, this civil war is still raging, with both sides firing rockets into the capital Damascus, the main city in the south.
And despite a ceasefire deal between the US and Russia, there is no sign of the two sides easing the fighting, despite the fact that the Syrian government has lost a quarter of its territory in the last two years.
According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, the majority of Syrian fighters who joined the war in 2011 are not in the ranks of the so-called moderate opposition that was formed in the aftermath of the uprising against Assad.
Instead, they are mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood.
The fact that these men are mostly Muslim Brotherhood members and not members of the armed opposition is telling.
The group has been banned and its leader, Hisham al-Qaradawi, sentenced to life in prison.
The war in Damascus and other cities is raging at an alarming rate.
In some cases, it has become so intense that people in the opposition areas are not allowed to go outside for fear of being attacked by snipers and the use of heavy weapons.
“We have witnessed a huge increase in the number of deaths among the people in Damascus, especially the young people,” says Hishad al-Din, a researcher in the Homs region.
“The death toll among children under 18 in the capital has gone up by 50 percent.
I have been in the city for three months, and the streets are full of bodies.”
He adds: “The military, the police, and security forces are not doing anything.
They are not trying to solve the problem or to resolve the problem of who is responsible for the bloodshed.
What they are doing is to continue the war, to continue to use force.”
For the last seven years, Damascus has been the capital of the Arab world’s second-largest state, and in recent years has been a magnet for foreign fighters.
Since the beginning of the war against Assad, more than half of the population has been displaced, and half of them are under the age of 18.
Syria’s civil war, which has claimed more than 200,000 lives, has been accompanied by widespread corruption, poverty and unemployment.
As a result, many have turned to violence, particularly among the poor.
In the past few years, the government has tried to control the flow of people across the border into neighbouring Jordan, in an effort to stem the flow.
It has also been trying to crack down on the number and the quality of the weapons that fighters are able to obtain in Syria.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The Syrian government is also trying to control a lucrative trade with Turkey, which supplies some $2.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the country annually.
The government has been working hard to stop the flow from entering Jordan and Turkey.
It does not want the people of Syria to return to the streets and return to a war that it has destroyed their lives and the lives of their families.
“The regime is trying to block the supply of weapons and money to Jordan, and they are trying to prevent them from reaching the Syrian people,” a Syrian opposition source told the Reuters news agency.
“If the Syrian regime can’t control the weapons and cash, the weapons will just flow into Jordan.”
The Syrian government’s efforts to prevent the flow to the West is not only a way of trying to stem its economic losses, it also aims to maintain its control over the population.
In this respect, it wants to portray itself as a moderate, and it has taken a number of measures to ensure this.
Syria is in an awkward situation.
On one hand, the US-led coalition has tried for months to convince the Syrian opposition to take up arms against the regime.
On the other hand, there are also indications that the West wants to help the Syrian military to end the war and stop the killing.
According the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian army has recaptured about 80 percent of the territory it lost in the first six months of the civil war.
The number of people killed and wounded has gone down.
However, it remains unclear if the army is achieving its