Not really ever was a "civil war", it is the continuation of the US/NATO invasions (yer, plural) of Iraq, and the CIA/covert-ops arming/funding/manipulating of religious and ethnic groups to create various al qaeda-clone factions. ISIS etc. may be getting its weapons/funding via US proxy states, but nothing moves in the Middle East without the US at minimum knowing, and usually directing, it.
But the fact the mainstream AND "progressive" media can find endless column inches for Iraq... again... and everything else ,while the US is sending 300 "advisers" to Ukraine in a month or so.
This shows how far the "progressive" US/NATO media is as controlled by the White House as FAUX news or NYTimes.
That's why Kerry wants to be given $$$ to "fight" RT and Fort Russ, as well as many independent blogs. Google is already filtering out truly balanced Russian/Ukraine/Chinese/BRICS content wit hit's "truth" factors. As in, it's only "true" if the US/NATO gov'ts/media say it is.
Which way be why "progressive" sites like CD are giving Ukraine/Russia alternative narratives a wide berth. The fear of transgressing "permissible dissent" is palpable.