After three years, who is standing with Syria?

mapBy International Christian Concern

International Christian Concern (ICC) joins with millions around the world in calling for an end to the hostility that has torn apart the country of Syria over the past three years.

The protests following the detention of 15 children for writing pro-democracy graffiti have descended into one of the most brutal conflicts in recent history. In the three years since the conflict began, militant Islamic jihadists have streamed into the country fighting not just against the brutality of Bashar al-Assad, but also to establish an Islamic state.

The Christian community—in 2010 estimated as 10 percent of the population—and other ethnic or religious minorities are being explicitly targeted and killed or driven out of the country.

The jihadist groups now comprise the largest segment of the opposition to Assad. They have sought to establish—and in some places have set up—an Islamic state that has no place for anyone—Christian, Muslim or otherwise—who does not abide by their extreme interpretation of Islamic law.

These fighters have been met by forces loyal to the Assad regime and have shown their own brutality against the Syrian people. The result has been the death of more than 140,000 and one of the largest humanitarian crises in recent history.