Syria

Country Syria
Capital Damascus
Continent Asia
Currency Syrian pound(SYP)
Languages Arabic

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Introduction

Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French administered the area as Syria until granting it independence in 1946. The new country lacked political stability, however, and experienced a series of military coups during its first decades. Syria united with Egypt in February 1958 to form the United Arab Republic. In September 1961, the two entities separated, and the Syrian Arab Republic was reestablished. In November 1970, Hafiz al-ASAD, a member of the Socialist Ba'th Party and the minority Alawite sect, seized power in a bloodless coup and brought political stability to the country. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. During the 1990s, Syria and Israel held occasional peace talks over its return. Following the death of President al-ASAD, his son, Bashar al-ASAD, was approved as president by popular referendum in July 2000. Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in an ostensible peacekeeping role - were withdrawn in April 2005. During the July-August 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizballah, Syria placed its military forces on alert but did not intervene directly on behalf of its ally Hizballah. In May 2007 Bashar al-ASAD was elected to his second term as President.

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In Syria, Trump administration takes on new goal: Iranian retreat - Washington Post

Washington Post

In Syria, Trump administration takes on new goal: Iranian retreat
Washington Post
The Trump administration has opened a new chapter in American involvement in Syria, vowing to remain until the civil war's conclusion in a bid to halt Iran's expansion across the Middle East. The vision articulated last week by senior U.S. officials ...
Iran Fires a Ballistic Missile at ISIS in Syria, Avenging an Earlier AttackNew York Times
Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over Ahvaz attackBBC News
US Calls Iranian Missile Strike Targeting Syrian Militants 'Reckless'Voice of America
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Syrian Hassan al-Kontar removed from Malaysia airport after months - BBC News

BBC News

Syrian Hassan al-Kontar removed from Malaysia airport after months
BBC News
A Syrian man who spent nearly seven months living in a Malaysian airport has been removed and placed in police custody, officials say. Hassan al-Kontar's situation made headlines earlier this year after it emerged that he had been living in Kuala ...
Stranded for Months at Malaysia Airport, a Syrian Refugee Is ArrestedNew York Times
No Hollywood ending: Police arrest Syrian stranded at KLIA2 since MarchThe Star Online

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UN envoy failed 'mission impossible' of bringing peace to Syria - The Independent (blog)

The Independent (blog)

UN envoy failed 'mission impossible' of bringing peace to Syria
The Independent (blog)
When Staffan de Mistura took up his post as the United Nations envoy for Syria four years ago, he would have encountered a very different country to the one he leaves behind. Back then, fighting raged in almost every part of the country and a sizeable ...
Norwegian Diplomat Tops UN Shortlist For Syria EnvoyForeign Policy
Man resigns from world's most impossible job: Fixing SyriaWashington Examiner
Turkey to host four-nation summit on Syria crisisNew Jersey Herald
Sputnik International -Tehran Times
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Some Syrian White Helmets resettle in Canada, with more on the way - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Some Syrian White Helmets resettle in Canada, with more on the way
The Globe and Mail
Some of the famed White Helmets, a group of volunteer humanitarian workers the Canadian government helped rescue from war-torn Syria, have arrived for resettlement in Canada, and more will be on their way soon. A senior Canadian government official, ...
Canada to resettle group of Syrian White HelmetsDaily Mail

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Syria news: How female soldiers were made to bite off the heads of snakes for Assad - Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk

Syria news: How female soldiers were made to bite off the heads of snakes for Assad
Express.co.uk
In 1970 Hafez took control of Syria and, according to the documentary, ran the country like a family business. He forced female soldiers to bite the heads off snakes and forced soldiers to kill puppies at bloodthirsty military parades. The programme ...



Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes - FOX13 Memphis

Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes
FOX13 Memphis
Sousa is in the last IS-held pocket in Syria where U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been on the offensive for weeks trying to clear the area of the extremists. SDF has been advancing under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition ...

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Syria: The endgame - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Syria: The endgame
Aljazeera.com
It looks like President Bashar al Assad has won the war in Syria. But who will win the peace? In the debut episode of The Take, a new podcast by Al Jazeera's Jetty Studios, we explore the final play in Syria: The country's diehard rebels are locked in ...



Putin to Take Part in Turkey Summit on Return of Syrian Refugees to Syria - Haaretz

Haaretz

Putin to Take Part in Turkey Summit on Return of Syrian Refugees to Syria
Haaretz
Putin also plans to discuss the reconstruction of infrastructure in Syria at the summit on Oct. 2, the Kremlin was cited as saying. Turkey has invested significant resources in alleviating the suffering for millions of Syrians who have left their homes ...
The war in Syria is reaching its end, but a fresh wave of rebellion may be on the horizonScroll.in
Assad's strategic use of ISIL made his victory in Syria possibleAljazeera.com
Macron Joins Putin, Merkel for Syria Summit Hosted by ErdoganBloomberg

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Syria - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #12, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 - Reliefweb

Reliefweb

Syria - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #12, Fiscal Year (FY) 2018
Reliefweb
GoT and GoRF agree to establish demilitarized zone surrounding Idlib; SARG and GoRF airstrikes in Hamah, Idlib, and Latakia displace 45,500 people in September; Approximately 90,000 people remain at IDP sites across northeastern Syria; An estimated ...



Bomb attacks against US-backed forces in Syria rise five-fold - The National

The National

Bomb attacks against US-backed forces in Syria rise five-fold
The National
The number of bomb attacks against US-backed forces and American troops in Syria has risen more than five-fold since the establishment of an Iran-backed force in June, according to a new report. In the three months prior to June, there were 12 ...

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