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Like all civil wars, it is hard to obtain accurate information about the Syrian civil war. However, the facts do show that: (1) the primary battle in Syria is between the regime and the rebellion; other actors, notablyISIS are responsible for only a small fraction of the deaths in Syria, and (2) although both the Assad regime and the rebellion receive foreign support, the battle between them is asymmetric; the Assad regime has all the apparatus of state power on its side – a centralized army, planes and artillery – and has benefited from direct intervention by its allies, primarily Russia and Iran. One key illustration of the asymmetry is air power which is used exclusively bythe Assad regime and its allies, and is responsible for a large part of the destruction. It is noteworthy that air power is responsible not only for direct civilian deaths, but also indirect ones through, for instance the systematic destruction of hospitals.

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that although there are atrocities committed by both sides, the Assad regime is responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths and displacement. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the regime is responsible for over 90% of civilian deaths, whereas ISIS is responsible for less than 1.5% of the civilian deaths.

full: http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/11/syria-and-the-antiwar-movement/
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