Get the latest breaking news and updates on Syria’s civil war. Having started with anti-government demonstrations in 2011, the Syrian civil war has become the bloodiest conflict in recent human history. The war is mainly a struggle between the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party led by the legitimate President of Syria Bashar Assad, its allies (Russia, China, Iran, Hezbollah) and various opposition groups. The multi-sided confrontation involving Moscow and Washington has been a theater for political arguments, while millions of civilians were forced to flee their country seeking refuge elsewhere. Follow RT on the struggle and parts of the conflict. Following an official request from the Syrian government, Russia intervened in the Syrian civil war in September 2015, successfully aiding the Assad regime in its power-shift from defense to offense. Visit RT.com to find the news and updates on the course of the Syrian civil war.