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Do you understand the Syria conflict? Take the quiz.

The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 and, despite initial hopes and predictions, has since devolved into civil war. Syria's leader, Bashar al-Assad, has doggedly clung to power. The opposition has splintered into rival groups. International powers have bickered and jockeyed. An end does not appear near. How much do you know about this almost three-year crisis? 

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1. In 1982, the current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez al-Assad, was in power. How did the 1982 Muslim Brotherhood uprising in the city of Hama, Syria, end?

Major political reforms: President Hafez al-Assad passed laws that redistributed power in the government, giving Sunni Muslims more voice.


A bloodbath: Hafez al-Assad sent troops storming into the city, with orders to massacre.


Economic appeasement: Hafez al-Assad ordered bread prices to be subsidized in order to quell burgeoning resentment of his regime and support of the Muslim Brotherhood's platform.


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