This past year the body count in the Syrian Civil War was the worst since the fighting began, according to The New York Times:
More than 76,000 people died in Syria’s civil war in 2014, including more than 3,500 children, a monitoring group reported on Thursday. The figures would make last year the deadliest in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.
The figures from the monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, put the total number of dead in the conflict as of Wednesday at 206,603.
We don’t expect things to improve in 2015. As Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, points out, the country is now fragmented so thoroughly between the Assad regime, ISIS, al-Nusra (the local al Qaeda affiliate) and the Kurds, that it’s unlikely anyone can gain full control—and so the war will continue. Nota bene as well that the FSA is not among those four factions; the American intervention seems for now to have come too late to help the moderates survive as a major force.
For those interested in tracking the ongoing carnage, we highly recommend the interactive map Landis links to—a sort of visual read the whole thing. Here’s what it looks like:
At the outset of 2015, the prospects for the people of this afflicted country seem even bleaker than ever.