Syria: Worse Than You Thought

London–A new report from an independent Syria NGO says that previous statistics from the United States on deaths in Syria’s civil war are vastly understated. Plus, the country is practically in a total physical and economic state of ruin.

Syria: a mosque in Aleppo.

Did anyone thing otherwise after 5 years of combat and intensifying aerial bombing, with government attacks supplemented in the past year by heavy Russian air strikes and less Islamic State-targeted bombing by the US and France?

The report is from the Syrian Center for Policy Research, a group based in dictatorial Damascus that turns out credible socio-economic reports on the destruction to Syria of the five-year old war (though always without assigning blame). SCPR says that 470,oo people have died in the war, compared with the last UN figure, issued in 2014, of 250,000.

In any event, with Aleppo now facing Russian bombing and a siege by pro-Assad groups, the disaster visted on other Syrian towns will be multiplied in Syria’s second biggest city. Russia has sent a note to Washington offering a March 1 ceasefire–o0ne wonders, why not an immediate ceasefire. The Obama Administration, always on its heels in this crisis, is suspicious of the offer and dithering.

So look forward to more depressing reports on the death of a nation.

The Guardian on the SCPR report

Older, equally depressing research.

On Aleppo and Russian bombing.




Daniel Williams

Published by Daniel Williams

I am a former correspondent who, for more than 30 years, did time in China, Southeast Asia, Central America, Mexico, the Middle East, Europe and Africa and covered wars that went from episodic to non-stop. My book, "Forsaken," about Christian persecution in the Middle East came out January, 2016. NextWarNotes is a news and analysis blog designed to fill gaps, provide background and think about what’s next. The name of the site comes from a 1935 article by Ernest Hemingway in Esquire Magazine called “Notes on the Next War,” in which he predicted the coming conflagration in Europe, told why it would happen and warned Americans to stay out.

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