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The forgotten Syria

Syria, Syrian protesters

With the war in Ukraine, it looks like the press has no attention any more to another country, located on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea in southwestern Asia, where Russia also provided a lot of atrocities.

Syria has become oblivious.

In 1970 Syria came under the authoritarian rule of Alawite Pres. Hafez al-Assad, whose foremost goals included achieving national security and domestic stability and recovering the Syrian territory lost to Israel in 1967.

Assad and other military officers had formed a committee to resurrect the fortunes of the Syrian Baʿath Party. The Iraqi branch of the party was toppled in 2003 as a result of the Iraq War. Beginning in 2010 and 2011 there was a wave by the population of those countries in the Middle East and North Africa which resulted in the Arab Spring protests.

In March 2011pro-democracy protests erupted throughout Syria. But the dictator was not willing to give up his cut and had his armies suppress the people to silence them. The protests escalated into civil war.

Strangely enough, the industrialised countries did not do much against the indiscriminate violence against protesters, the torture of children and adults, chemical weapons attacks a.o.. The threat of Western military intervention was averted in September 2013 when Russia, Syria, and the United States came to an agreement to place all of Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.

Russia, which had long provided weapons and political support to Assad, launched its own military action in Syria in 2015, bombarding rebel positions and deploying Russian ground troops in support of government forces.

As in many wars, a lot of war crimes took place while the West let Assad sit on his throne, while they had made short shrift with the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the past. It was probably the cooperation with the West in the war against Iraq (1980–88) and the U.S.-led alliance against Iraq in the Persian Gulf War of 1990–91, that resulted in more cordial relations with Western governments, which previously had condemned his sponsoring of terrorism. But after Bashar al-Assad had denounced the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, those relations were damaged, though many countries had taken the fear to come to see a second Iraq and as such were not so happy to interfere with Syria’s intern matters.

Though Assad’s crimes cannot and may not be ignored. Al-Assad ’s brutality has led to almost half a million deaths. The families and loved ones of at least 120,000 missing people continue to suffer their unresolved loss – and al-Assad added thousands to that number in 2022.

There is enough proof that Russia used prohibited weaponry. Now we also can imagine how Putin used the Syrian war as a preparation field or a ghastly dress rehearsal for his atrocities in Ukraine. Putin has used suffering Syrians as pawns in his power games at the UN, tested his weapons and trained his military, and dominated Syria’s security structures as a lever against Syria’s neighbourhood.

Turkey is also playing a double game, along one side allowing refugees, but the other side controlling Kurdish areas and oppressing Kurds.

After so many years of civil war, we must not think it is over. There are over 15 million Syrians who need humanitarian assistance, a shocking increase of almost two million men, women and children from 2021.

It may be true that the territories conquered by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) or Daesh have largely been regained, and that those religious phantoms’ power has been reduced, but if we are not careful and do not support people adequately, the danger of flare-up lurks behind the corner.
The threat of Daesh is literally growing and will do until a solution is found for the 30,000 Daesh detained in Syria and Iraq and the 60,000 people in Al Hol (Al-Hawl) and other camps, mainly women and children exposed to Daesh brutality and influence.

Two days ago Richard Mills told the UN Security Council.

“The regime, in fact, continues to behave as it long has – behaviour that rightly caused the international community to recoil in horror and reject any dealings with Assad.”

That things are not looking too good for Syria confirms UN aid agency OCHA’s Director of Operations, Ghada Eltahir Mudawi. She painted a bleak picture of the crisis in Syria.

“As 2023 begins, they face the worst year, yet – 15.3 million people, nearly 70 per cent of Syria’s population, need humanitarian assistance. It is hard to imagine such levels of distress,”

she said.

Mudawi said the acute fuel crisis is also affecting humanitarian operations, leading to fewer field missions and more project delays.

“I sincerely hope that 2023 will not be another bleak year for people in Syria,”

she added.



  1. Humanitarian crisis in Syria
  2. Relieve the current humanitarian crisis in Syria
  3. Chemical warsite and Pushing king of the South
  4. Wrong ideas about religious terrorism
  5. Propaganda war and ISIS
  6. Flemish government’s approval of €150,000 funding for emergency aid to Syria
  7. Putin’s Handy use of the Russian Orthodox Church
  8. Russia’s Putin hosts Israeli PM Bennett
  9. Iran could build nuclear bomb ‘within months’
  10. Iranian mouthpiece threatens Israel with map of targets
  11. Putin, Erdogan Pledge To Boost Russia-Turkey Ties
  12. A war in Ukraine could have global consequences
  13. Russian army wants to make Ukraine the Syria from Europe
  14. How the war in Ukraine will lead to the fulfilment of many Bible prophecies
  15. 2022 towards its end
  16. The Global Investigative Journalism Network: 2022’s Best Investigative Stories from the Arab World


Additional reading

  1. Signs of the times – “A new order in the Middle East”
  2. Signs of the times – “Israel’s security and the Golan Heights”
  3. Signs of the times – “Israel’s security”
  4. Signs of the times – “The US, Israel and the Golan Heights”
  5. Signs of the times – “The Iranian corridor”
  6. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  7. Migrants to the West #6
  8. Reluctance to act in Syrian civil war
  9. Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack
  10. NATO Convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible
  11. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  12. ISIL will find no safe haven
  13. Turkey witnessing a surge in xenophobia
  14. Is Turkey attempting to resurrect the Ottoman Empire
  15. To freeze the fighting in Aleppo
  16. Funding of ISIS
  17. Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad
  18. Why Russia backs Assad: a view from Russia’s anti-imperialist left
  19. Disintegrating Syria whilst diplomatic talks and poker-play continues
  20. The New gulf of migration and seed for far right parties
  21. See how you can use your skills, resources, and energy to help Syrians and other refugees in need
  22. Social media a destabilisation tool in the Middle East and Syrian conflict
  23. Is ISIS a product of American in-action or a product of direct action
  24. Islamic State pushing at an open door to divide Europeans
  25. International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue
  26. Refugee crisis, terrorist attacks and created fear
  27. Summary for the year 2015 # 2 Strewn with corpses and refugees
  28. Social media and asylum seekers
  29. My two cents on the refugee crisis
  30. Swallowed in the Sea but belonging to earth
  31. 4.1 million Syrians having fled their homeland
  32. UNHCR recommends measures for strengthening security and refugee protection
  33. Entering a new period of ‘Cold War’
  34. Darkest just before dawn
  35. Iran nuclear talks on brink of collapse, diplomats warn
  36. Iranian nuclear programme geared towards creating a bomb
  37. After ten years of horror still no solution and peace for Syria
  38. ISIS on the rise again as US troops are sent home
  39. Analysis: Will religious freedom flourish in post-treaty Middle East?
  40. A reminder to what could happen to Christians in Afghanistan
  41. A Man from the North and The rushing of nations
  42. Israel Strikes on Syria
  43. Signs of the Times – Tensions between Russia and Israel
  44. The decline in Israel-Russia ties
  45. Russia ‘sends a message’ with first missile attack on Israeli jets in Syrian war, expert says
  46. Lebanon mourns dead of Beirut blast protest as spectre of civil war looms
  47. Old texts saved behind a wall at the Mar Behnam monastery
  48. Damage to Archaeological Sites and pursuit of profit
  49. Sukkoth, Gog, Magog, Armageddon, a covenant and Jerusalem



  1. Timeline of the Syrian Civil War
  2. Tension between Israel and Russia
  3. Court orders Canada to repatriate suspected ISIS affiliates held in Syria
  4. Refugee families from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine welcomed to Bedford Borough since 2016
  5. Fate of Canadians detained in Syrian camps still unclear despite court ruling
  6. Syria: Abu Hamza al-Suri, ISIS facilitator captured
  7. ICRC President Spoljaric concludes visit to Moscow: Progress on prisoners of war is urgent
  8. France repatriates 47 nationals from northeastern Syria camps | Syria’s War News
  9. Sirkhane Darkroom’s Photography Program For Children in Syria, Turkey and Iraq
  10. Canada has yet to decide on repatriating Canadian men from Syria
  11. Foreign Relations Commission of North and East Syria receives French government delegation
  12. BETH ZALIN: Syriac Union Party in Syria receives a delegation from Arab elders and sheikhs in North and East Syria
  13. Kurdish forces seize dozens of suspected IS members in Syria
  14. France repatriates 15 women, 32 children from north-west Syria camp
  15. Syria: Yarmouk Camp residents given one month to clear destroyed homes
  16. Security forces of North and East Syria launch new counter-terror operation in Raqqa, arrest three in Dayro Zcuro
  17. Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.
  18. ‘States contemplating rapprochement with Assad regime should consider what he has done’ – US
  19. Russia announces its readiness to send fertilizers to Syria free of charge.. But
  20. UNRWA: Moments of joy for children from Ein el Tal
  21. Syria regime launches mass arrest campaign in Deir Ezzor
  22. Syrian Kurdish-led forces capture Islamic State group commander in eastern Syria
  23. Al Arabiya: 10 reasons why Syria will continue to matter to the UK
  24. Israel’s Ukrainian Conundrum
  25. Democracy Then! Propaganda Now
  26. Are These the Last Days?
  27. The Countdown has Begun
  28. Is the War of Gog about to Happen?
  29. Gog – Magog Updated
  30. 26 End-Time Signs Revisited part 2
  31. The Coming War
  32. Things About to Happen – part 1 update
  33. Things About to Happen – part 2 update
  34. Syria and World War III

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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