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Isaac’s Syria Presentation.
Transcript of Isaac’s Syria Presentation.
Continent = Asia, Middle East.
Size = Slightly larger than North Dakota.
Climate = mostly desert; hot, dry, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters.
Neighboring Countries = Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.
Historical Note = The capital of Damascus - located at an oasis fed by the Barada River - is thought to be one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.
Wars of Note = After Israel launched a preemptive strike on Egypt to begin the June 1967 war, Syria joined the battle against Israel as well. In the final days of the war, … Israel turned its attention to Syria, capturing the entire Golan Heights in under 48 hours… On 6 October 1973, Syria and Egypt initiated the Yom Kippur War by launching a multi-front surprise attack against Israeli forces stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Sinai Peninsula.
Big Events = During the Suez Crisis of 1956, after the invasion of Egypt by Israel, Britain and France, martial law was declared in Syria… In November 1956, as a direct result of the Suez Crisis, Syria signed a pact with the Soviet Union, providing a foothold for Communist influence within the government in exchange for planes, tanks, and other military equipment being sent to Syria.
Current Events = Golan Heights is Israeli-occupied with the almost 1,000-strong UN Disengagement Observer Force patrolling a buffer zone since 1964; lacking a treaty or other documentation describing the boundary, portions of the Lebanon-Syria boundary are unclear with several sections in dispute; since 2000, Lebanon has claimed Shab'a Farms in the Golan Heights; 2004 Agreement and pending demarcation settles border dispute with Jordan
(Source: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sy.html, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Syria)
Capital = Damascus.
Population = 22,530,746
Languages Spoken = Arabic (official), Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian (widely understood); French, English (somewhat understood)
Religious Breakdown = Sunni Muslim (Islam - official) 74%, other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%, Christian (various denominations) 10%, Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)
Ethnic Breakdown = Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%
Birthday of Country = 17 April 1946
Founding Father = none, liberated from French occupation by British at the end of WWII
Imports = machinery and transport equipment, electric power machinery,
Exports = crude oil, minerals.
National Holidays = Independence Day, 17 April, and Martyrs' Day, 6 May
Form of Government = Republic under an authoritarian regime
Current Leader = President Bashar al-ASAD
(Sources: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sy.html, and
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