By Marguerite Ward & Ken Aragaki

As the United States grapples with what steps to take to fight the so-called Islamic State in Syria, many people still struggle to understand the war that’s going on there. Our data story will break down the war Syria so far in 2015 in one comprehensive interactive map. We will visualize details about U.S. coalition-led airstrikes and their impact (number of ISIS leaders killed, etc), civilian deaths from rebel fighting and torture. Our data sources will be from humanitarian-led organizations as well as the U.S. Central Command’s office and will answer the question – what’s the latest information available on ISIS activity and what are the details surrounding the continuous number of civilian casualties.

Data Sources

Violations Documentation Center in Syria: 716 civilian deaths between Jan. 1 and Feb. 25, 2015

U.S. Central Command

*We will collect the number and locations of US-led airstrikes in Syria from the Central Command’s blog post/press releases:



Bassam Al-Ahmad, spokesperson,

U.S. Central Command

7115 South Boundary Blvd., MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5101

Central Command Communications Integration Public Affairs (CCCI PA)

Media Section

(813) 529-0220; (813) 529-0213

Human Rights Watch

Nadim Houry, Deputy Director, Middle East and North Africa Division


Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Rami Abdurrahman, Founder & Director

+447722221287; +447971807965; +447937662469; +201066454801;;