However, the vast majority of civilian deaths in Syria occur due to bombardments by conventional artillery, mortars and aerial bombs—including those dropped by Russian and American warplanes as well as the Syrian Air Force. Even without the use of chemical weapons, the suffering experienced by Syrians on all sides of the conflict will continue for some time if a viable political solution does not silence these “conventional” death machines.
Sébastien Roblin holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.
This article first appeared several years ago. It is being republished due to reader interest.
Image: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony Calderon, a systems administrator attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, fills his canteen during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training in Kuwait, April 13, 2019. The SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a quick reaction force, prepared to deploy a variety of capabilities across the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Binion)