Syria’s civil war is killing refugees

The real cause of the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi — whose lifeless body washed up on the shores of southern Turkey along with those of his five-year-old brother and mother — is the Syrian civil war.

While the photo of that tragedy has suddenly galvanized world opinion, this war has been going on for four years between the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, joined more recently by the crazed killers of ISIS. Syria is in chaos.