You have to take everything you read about there with a grain of salt. Remember the media breathlessly reporting daily that Assad was ready to use chemical weapons on his own people? Obama was ready to act- to step in and help the muslim Brotherhood . . er, rebels. Then Russia stepped in and said that they would guard the chemical weapons, pulling the rug out from under The One. I don't like Assad but so much of this has been a setup and a pack of lies. They just want to expand the Caliphate.
You should take everything you read from Syrian, Russian, and Iranian sources with a grain of salt, but you won’t.