Syria: Uprising by Tom Pilston

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A resting riot policeman in Deraa, South of Damascus, where the uprising in Syria began. Protests against the ruling Baathist regime erupted in March 2011 and although they were peaceful government forces violently repressed them. In response to being commanded to shoot unarmed civilians large numbers of men deserted the army and formed the Free Syrian Army and an armed uprising began with major clashes taking place in early 2012.