The nearly five year long war in Syria has cost over a quarter million lives and led to millions more being displaced.  Complicating things is the fact that it is hard to determine who exactly backs whom.  So I thought I’d clear things up.

On one side you have those who back the government of Bashar Al-Assad, namely Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, as well as pro government militias.  Fairly cut and dry.

On the other side you have all the various rebel groups: the various flavors of “Islamic” Jihad, the Free “Syrian” Army, the Kurdish YPG, who recently have been fighting alongside the Syria Army, as well as other miscellaneous groups.

Backing these groups include the United States, the Gulf Countries, Turkey, Israel, and the United Kingdom.  However, not everyone sees eye to eye.  For example, Turkey, along the gulf countries don’t like the Kurdish rebels, so much that they’re shelling them to prevent them from advancing.  The United States, however does like the Kurds, who also apparently have the Russian Air Force on speed dial.  Then the United States also backs rebel groups supported by Turkey and the Gulf Countries.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the US Government backs the Kurdish YPG.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays the US government apologizes to Turkey and the gulf countries, gives them lots of foreign aid, and sends weapons via CIA black sites to non Kurdish Rebel groups.

Then on the weekend Russia, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, pro government militias, and the YPG try to clean up the mess left over.

Clear as mud?