Syrian Government Claims War is Turning in Their Favor

By Sophie Peters ’16

According to Syrian Arab News Agency, President Bashar al-Assad claims the three-year civil war in Syria is favoring the government.

Syrian war refugee map. (Source: David Furst, Jon Huang and Sergio Pecanha/The New York Times)

Syrian war refugee map. (Source: David Furst, Jon Huang and Sergio Pecanha/The New York Times)

Over the past few months, government forces have recaptured many rebel-held towns. They have also cut off many supply routes to rebel forces.

The previous three years of civil war have left thousands of people dead and millions have been displaced, fleeing to neighboring countries.

On Friday, poison gas was used in a rebel-held village, injuring more than a hundred people. Both sides were quick to blame each other. Both anti-government activists and Syrian state television agreed toxic weapons had been used, which was the first time this year that the two sides agreed that they have been used.