Syria, an everyday headline, a country infused with extreme chaos was even more pronounced this past month, with civilians as well as army being wounded and killed by ISIS as well as their own people. July 25, a simple Monday for most, was a day of mortifying violence for many in the town of Sweida, Syria. Suicide bombers, representatives of ISIS initiated four attacks against innocent Syrian civilians, injuring and sadly murdering many. ISIS orchestrated targeted motorcycle and trucks crashes, as well as mass bombings with one objective in play; to cause as many casualties as possible.
But July 25, 2018, was not an anomaly. Nor was it a random occurrence. Currently, the Syrian government is struggling to maintain peace with one of its own provinces. The Syrian army urged Idlib, pervaded with those rebels that had previously tried to revolt against the Syrian regime, to cooperate, promising them that the war was soon coming to a close. The government distributed pamphlets in the province which demonstrated the drastic difference in Syrian society with and without war. The Syrian overall approach in regaining territory has been to siege-until-surrender. However, Idlib, largely populated with countless rebels eager to attack, prove to be a profound challenge for the Syrian army. After stern warnings by the U.N and human rights organizations, the Russian and Turkish governments have intervened and placed troops in Idlib, hoping to settle the tension within Syria. Their hope in doing such is the prevention of additional Syrian refugees flooding their respective borders. Sending their men to ease conflict is an attempt to put out the fire in a volatile and mercurial climate.
Reading about the reoccurring Syrian chaos for months had not become a reality until witnessing the bombings on the country’s border. As I stood on the Syrian border I heard the bombs exploding, I felt the ground shake with terror, I watched the fire spark from a distance; I witnessed the death of many.