The crisis in Syria has escalated into a critical international issue. From peaceful citizen-led protests during the Arab Spring in 2011, it has evolved into a full-blown armed conflict, pitting groups loyal and against incumbent President Bashar al-Assad.
In the process, at least two million have left the country, while millions more are internally displaced. The United Nations estimates one Syrian becomes a refugee every 15 seconds.
After months of mostly watching in the sidelines, Western powers entered the fray after hundreds of people were killed in an alleged chemical attack in several areas outside the capital city Damascus, with many blaming the Assad regime.
Here are the latest updates on the conflict, the international response, and what’s next for the strife-torn country.