The complexities of the Syrian War remain mystifying for most Americans, despite years of bloodshed and ink spilled. The country is a hodgepodge of ethno-religious communities, and always has been. Various competing groups are fighting passionately for different causes, along battle lines that often overlap. Meanwhile, refugees are fleeing in great numbers to neighboring countries.
We’ve put together some maps to illustrate all this (click to enlarge):
We hope these help untangle some of the intricacies that so often get glossed over in coverage of the war.
maps by Lindsey Burrows