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Syria: Flashpoint of Violence Between Multiple Conflicts

Syria: Flashpoint of Violence Between Multiple Conflicts

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army opposing the Bashar al-Assad regime.    

Initial Conflict: What started the Syrian conflict? Was it religious differences? Bashar al-Assad and his top military officers belong to the small Alawite Muslim sect, while most other Syrians belong to the Sunni majority. However, the conflict is more political than religious. The spark was the brutal response by security forces against initially peaceful protests demanding democratic reform. The country's repressive regime under decades of dictatorship resulted in corruption, unemployment and state violence. Formation of the Free Syrian Army was an attempt to confront Assad, but even it is composed of factions that do not agree or trust one another.
Complications: Now enters a new player - Daesh (IS) that takes advantage of the vacuum of leadership to develop a self-proclaimed  Muslim Caliphate. It spreads its control over parts of Syria and Iraq through barbaric tactics. Christians and other minorities formerly protected by the Assad regime become its victims. Iran becomes interested in expanding its Shi'a Muslim control over the region. Neighboring Turkey becomes alarmed as its feared minority, the Kurds, enter the conflict. Assad is trying to fight on two fronts, his people as well as Daesh, but he is weakening. His old ally, Russia, boldly takes control and buoys up the regime. Assad even gasses his people. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Western Europe are involved because hundreds of thousands of Syrians are fleeing, seeking refuge in their countries. The situation is dire!
The Solution: The U.S. and Russia, old cold war enemies, support opposite factions. Most of the world is calling for Assad to step down. The solution is elusive. Who or what will take his place? Will the conflict continue to escalate and ignite an even bigger war, or can wise heads find compromises and agreements to bring peace? Meanwhile many Syrians bleed and die and are people without a country. Syrian children are the lost generation, having no hope, no stability or normal home life, and little or no education. Syria is in desperate need of your prayers!

The nation of Syria is number 6 on the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Syria on Day 30 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

Please pray for:
  • All the political and military leaders in this warfare to earnestly seek ways to de-escalate the conflict. Pray that God brings peace and stability to Syria and its citizens (The Bible, James 1:5, Proverbs 2:6).
  • God to comfort the hurting, traumatized families caught in the middle of the violence and horror around them (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 1:3).
  • Christians to stand in the gap for these suffering people and find ways to share Jesus Christ with them as they minister to their many needs. May Syrians see the love of Jesus through these ministering hands and "turn their eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face" (The Bible, 1Timothy 2:1, John 13:34-35).
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