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CONTAINER INFORMATION

Abbreviation

SYR

Website

Syria

Established

4/17/1946

Discontinued

 

Last Modified

9/25/2003


Institutions

Peoples Council (Majlis al-shaab)

Syrian President

Al-Hasakah

Aleppo

Ar-Raqqah

Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party

As-Suwayda

Damascus

Daraa

Deir ez-Zor

Hama

Homs

Idlib

Latakia

Quneitra

Rif Dimashq

Tartus


DESCRIPTION

A country of fertile plains, mountain ranges and deserts, Syria is home to many diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Alawite Shi'is and Druze, as well as the Arab Sunni Muslim majority. Modern Syria gained its independence from France in 1946 but has lived through periods of political instability due largely to the conflicting interests of the various groups in society. For a brief time (1958-61) the country united with Nasser's Egypt, but an army coup restored independence before the Alawite-controlled pan-Arab Baath (Renaissance) party took control in 1963. It still rules the country today. Baath government has been characterised by authoritarian rule at home and a strong anti-Israeli policy abroad, particularly under former President Hafez al-Assad. In 1967 Syria lost the Golan Heights to the Israelis, while civil war in neighbouring Lebanon allowed it to extend its influence in the region. The government has dealt harshly with any opposition. Thousands are thought to have been killed in the crackdown on the 1982 uprising of the Muslim Brotherhood in Hama. Since the death of Hafez al-Assad, Syria has undergone a degree of relaxation, which has seen dozens of political prisoners released.


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EVENTS

5/7/2012

General Election

Syria Parliamentary Elections

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NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

Contributor

1/23/2014 8:00 am

News

In Syria talks, don’€™t mention the P-word

IndyGeorgia

10/6/2013 12:35 pm

News

Syria chemical arms removal begins

RP

9/27/2013 8:10 pm

News

U.N. votes to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons

Homegrown Democrat

9/14/2013 11:45 pm

Announcement

U.S., Russia reach agreement on seizure of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal

Homegrown Democrat

9/9/2013 11:00 am

News

U.S. open to Russian chemical weapons proposal

Brandon

8/8/2013 7:00 pm

News

Exclusive: U.S. Will Now Let in Thousands of Syrian Refugees

Scott³

6/15/2013 7:00 am

Perspective

Bill Schools Barry on Syria

Scott³

12/12/2012 8:00 pm

News

Meet the Assadosphere, the Online Defenders of Syria’s Butcher

ChronoT

12/6/2012 12:00 pm

Commentary

Obama’s Syria Policy Comes Dangerously Close to ‘Bush Doctrine’

Craverguy

8/6/2012 11:00 am

News

Syria Prime Minister Riad Hijab defects

Picimpalious

6/28/2012 5:00 pm

Analysis

Hamas and Syria

ChronoT

7/24/2012 5:00 am

Statement

Syria promises not to gas its own people

Jason

7/26/2012 5:00 am

General

US uses WMD pretext to push for war against Syria

Jason

7/23/2012 4:50 am

General

Arab League to offer 'safe exit' if Syrian president al-Assad resigns

RP

6/12/2012 8:00 pm

News

US: Russia sending Syria attack helicopters

J.R.

3/15/2012 2:00 am

Poll

Majority in US oppose military intervention in Syria, poll finds

Jason

3/5/2012 6:00 pm

Statement

McCain Calls for U.S.-Led Airstrikes Against Syria

Jason

11/20/2011 5:00 am

Event

Syrian uprising may become civil war as factions escalate violence

Jason

4/19/2011 3:20 pm

News

Syria: emergency laws scrapped as protests continue

Picimpalious

3/29/2011 4:55 pm

Strategy

Bashar al-Assad stages his own coup

RP

3/27/2011 11:50 am

News

Lieberman: Syria could be next target

Homegrown Democrat

10/26/2008 2:00 pm

News

Eight die in US attack inside Syria: official media

Gaear Grimsrud

5/13/2007 10:00 pm

News

Prominent Syrian critic jailed

ChronoT

6/21/2006 9:00 pm

News

Military court to try Syrian dissident

ChronoT

10/26/2005 9:00 pm

News

In For the Kill

ArmyDem

10/13/2005 1:00 am

General

Syria: Interior minister killed himself

ChronoT

3/25/2005 1:00 pm

Profile

Fighting the censor: The struggle of a Syrian cartoonist with draconian restrictions

Picimpalious

2/24/2005 2:00 pm

News

Syria 'commits' to Lebanon pullout

Brandon

2/17/2005 12:00 am

News

Bush: Syria 'out of step'

Brandon

2/15/2005 12:00 am

News

U.S. Withdraws Ambassador From Syria

Brandon

5/11/2004 12:00 am

News

Bush Imposes Export Ban Against Syria

Gerald Farinas

5/5/2004 12:00 am

News

Bush Administration Thinks Syria Has Atomic Centrifuges

Gerald Farinas

4/15/2003 12:00 am

News

Syria denounces US 'lies'

Picimpalious

5/5/2003 12:00 am

News

Powell warns Syria of 'consequences'

Picimpalious


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