Wednesday, April 8, 2020 -
Print Edition

Syria by the numbers (2016)

Bashar Assad supporters mass in Lattakia, Syria, 2010.

Bashar Assad supporters mass in Lattakia, Syria, 2010.

In 2012, a year into the Syrian Civil War, we published “Syria by the numbers,” a look at the toll the conflict there was taking on its citizens.

Here were the facts then:

Of the estimated 15,000 killed, 1,012–1,178 are children; the number of internationally displaced Syrians as of June was 500,000. The UN estimate of Syrians in need of “urgent assistance” is 1 million.

Fast forward four years. The war still wages. When it first broke out, it was in the midst of the so-called Arab Spring; there was the hope that the era of unelected dictators was ending. Not so fast. Assad still stands, as do most other Middle Eastern potentates.

Syria, more than any other country engaged in the so-called Spring, has become mired in its conflict. The numbers have increased exponentially, and the conflict has, unsurprisingly, spilled over into neighboring Europe, not to mention provided a hotbed for radical Islamism. That’s what happens when people think that if they ignore something, it will just go away. If only it were that easy.

So here’s how those same numbers look now. Since the start of the war, more than:

  • 470,000 people killed
  • 1 million fled the country
  • 5 million internally displaced

And a new figure for 2016:

  • 20,000-31,500 ISIS fighters within Syrian borders*

The latter is almost the most frightening, because it shows just how out of control Syria has become and the deadly impact its having globally. Is there any chance of change? Not when one takes one last number into account — the amount of US forces there: 300 people.

*Statistics courtesy Council on Foreign Relations


TAG


Leave a Reply

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Dear valued reader,

Let’s get right to it.

During these very difficult times that we’re all experiencing, why does the Intermountain Jewish News matter more than ever?

  • It connects us when we feel separated and surrounded by chaos. With the IJN, we are not alone. We are all in this together as a community.
  • It is our trusted, distinctive news source. With fake news, conspiracy theories and half truths rampant, the IJN works hard to provide facts, not sensationalism.
  • It brings you the impact of COVID-19 on the Colorado Jewish community, as well as the impact of the coronavirus on the global Jewish community.

Like other small businesses and media companies, the IJN is also being impacted in an unprecedented way by effects of the coronavirus.

That’s Why Your Help Is Needed Today.

Please click on the link below and subscribe today or purchase a gift subscription — an online gift is social distancing.

Appreciatively,

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg
Editor & Publisher

Shana R. Goldberg
Assistant Publisher