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Although oil is the major export of Syria, I can find no evidence that this is associated directly with the current conflict.  It appears that the conflict is internal and related to political beliefs between the Ba'ath party and those who would like to become democratic.

Although oil is the major export of Syria, I can find no evidence that this is associated directly with the current conflict. It appears that the conflict is internal and related to political beliefs between the Ba'ath party and those who would like to become democratic.

Major Cities in Syria.  Most of the current fighting is taking place around the major cities.  Although there are reports of fighting throughout the country

Major Cities in Syria. Most of the current fighting is taking place around the major cities. Although there are reports of fighting throughout the country

DR. Bashar al-Assad, current President of the Republic of Syria, elected in 2000.  Syrian people are revolting in what one might consider a civil war to overthrow President al-Assad's government and end the Ba'ath Party rule

DR. Bashar al-Assad, current President of the Republic of Syria, elected in 2000. Syrian people are revolting in what one might consider a civil war to overthrow President al-Assad's government and end the Ba'ath Party rule

Current major ethnic groups in Syria.

Current major ethnic groups in Syria.

Kofi Annan is a former Secretary General of the United Nations.  He served from 1997 to 2006.  He has taken the forefront in trying to bring peace to Syria.  He has brought both the supporters and opponents of President Assad together in an effort to institute a cease fire in Syria.

Kofi Annan is a former Secretary General of the United Nations. He served from 1997 to 2006. He has taken the forefront in trying to bring peace to Syria. He has brought both the supporters and opponents of President Assad together in an effort to institute a cease fire in Syria.

Riad al-Asaad is the leader of the Free Syrian Army.  The Free Syrian Army is trying to overthrow the Ba'ath party and several of the members are soldiers who have defected from the Syrian army after refusing to fire on civilians

Riad al-Asaad is the leader of the Free Syrian Army. The Free Syrian Army is trying to overthrow the Ba'ath party and several of the members are soldiers who have defected from the Syrian army after refusing to fire on civilians

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told the United Nations that 250 observers was a "reasonable number" after they requested 300 be deployed to Syria for three months to oversee the current cease fire which is beginning to fail.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem told the United Nations that 250 observers was a "reasonable number" after they requested 300 be deployed to Syria for three months to oversee the current cease fire which is beginning to fail.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the Chief of the United Nations and has called on Syria to adhere to a cease fire to be in effect on April 12, 2012

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the Chief of the United Nations and has called on Syria to adhere to a cease fire to be in effect on April 12, 2012

According to some reports the Assad regime has been accused of trying to "neutralize" the Kurds.  By March 10, 2012, 40 of the 10,553 casualties reported during the Syrian uprising had occurred in the primarily Kurdish Al-Hasakah Governorate, although the Governorate is only home to approximately 6.7% of Syria's population.     [edit] Shabiha

According to some reports the Assad regime has been accused of trying to "neutralize" the Kurds. By March 10, 2012, 40 of the 10,553 casualties reported during the Syrian uprising had occurred in the primarily Kurdish Al-Hasakah Governorate, although the Governorate is only home to approximately 6.7% of Syria's population. [edit] Shabiha

US Secretary of State will meet with "Friends of Syria" in Paris to discuss the peace plan and further options to end the conflict

US Secretary of State will meet with "Friends of Syria" in Paris to discuss the peace plan and further options to end the conflict

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