A look at key events in Syria since March 2011 – San Francisco Chronicle

Protests erupt in the city of Daraa over security forces’ detention of a group of boys accused of painting anti-government graffiti on the walls of their school. On March 18, security forces open fire on a protest in Daraa, killing four people in what activists regard as the first deaths of the uprising. Security forces raid a sit-in in Syria’s third-largest city, Homs, where thousands of people tried to create the mood of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests against Egypt’s autocrat Hosni Mubarak. — July 2012: A bombing at the Syrian national security building in Damascus during a high-level government crisis meeting kills four top officials, including Assad’s brother-in-law and the defense minister. Backed by thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, Assad’s forces re-capture the strategic town of Qusair from rebels, near the border with Lebanon. Infighting among rebels spreads, pitting a variety of Islamic groups and moderate factions against the al-Qaida-breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Rebels withdraw from the old quarter of the central city of Homs in a significant symbolic victory for the government. Brahimi resigns as U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, marking a second failure by the United Nations and Arab League to end the civil war. Islamic State militants release video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, the first of five Westerners to be beheaded by the IS group. The U.N. Security Council adopts resolution 2254 endorsing a road map for a transitional period in Syria that includes parliamentary and president elections as well as a new constitution within 18 months. Indirect peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva collapse few days after starting, over a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive in Aleppo.

Source: A look at key events in Syria since March 2011 – San Francisco Chronicle

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