2014 Was Not A Good Year For Syria, Will 2015 Be Better?
The impacts of Syria's almost four year-long civil war have recked havoc on the country's economy, citizens and reputation. So will 2015 be better?By Jake Godin | January 1, 2015
On New Year’s Eve, Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance as shown in this not-so-subtle patriotic video released by state media.
Seen there was Assad patting backs and dining with Syrian soldiers in a besieged district of the nation’s capital, Damascus.
In total, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that more than 200,000 people have been killed with 76,000 of those deaths coming in 2014 alone. Almost half were civilians. (Video Sky News)