The war in Syria has become a global battlefield
By Rebecca Collard from Beirut
AS 2018 BEGAN, IT LOOKED LIKE THE war in Syria might be drawing toward an ending that few in the international community wanted.
Yes, ISIS was on the way to defeat as a conventional fighting force—
but the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, controlled more than half of the country.
Barely seven weeks later, an end to the conflict is nowhere in sight.
Instead, the war in Syria is growing like a tumor—worsening in some areas and infecting surrounding states.
What began as a civil uprising seven years ago
now looks more like an international conflict where patron states are replacing their proxies.
Since Feb. 3, the aircraft of four different countries have been downed over Syria.
A Russian jet was hit by Syrian opposition fighters.
Turkey says Kurdish fighters shot down one of its helicopters.
And Israel says it shot down an Iranian drone entering Israeli space from Syria.
On top of this, U.S. forces clashed with Russian mercenary forces who had attacked Kurdish forces backed by the U.S.
This dizzying array of overlapping and competing conflicts and alliances has become unmoored from the war that began in 2011.
“Most of the conflicts that you see now have nothing to do with Syria per se,”
says Joost Hiltermann, director of the Middle East and North Africa program at the International Crisis Group.
国际危机组织中东和北非项目主任约斯特· 希尔特曼说 。
“They just happen to be fought there.”
1. draw toward 引向
Human nature, you know, draws us toward sugar and fat and things like that.
2. on the way to 正在……前往……的路上
We're well on the way to completing a project on this.
3. backed by 有……支持的
The government says the Tuareg fighters are backed by Al-Qaeda militants.
4. on top of this 除此之外
And on top ofthis, it has some really bad neighbors this time.