Syria: How did the war start and how will it end?
The conflict in Syria is complex and bloody and lies at the heart of many international crises
As Russia begins bombing raids on Syria, international tensions over the war-torn country are set to grow.
Around 250,000 people are thought to have died already, and no single government can any longer claim to control Syria. The world's governments are at loggerheads over to how to resolve the war.
CommonSpace looks at the past, present and future of the many-sided conflict.
How has Syria's history conditioned the civil war?