Having watched a year pass with increasing violence by the Assad Regime against its own people, and despite a critical veto by Russian and Chinese votes in the UN, I am now flatly predicting US intervention in Syria this year. Oddly the almost 10% of the population of Syria that is Christian largely supports Assad. Of course exactly why the US will be intervening is undocumented and the fact of violence could be argued many other olaces in the World even perhaps Mexico.
So start learning about Syria. It has WMD and borders on Iraq and Lebanon and
|Syrian Arab Republic
الجمهورية العربية السورية
al-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah
|Anthem: “Homat el Diyar“
“Guardians of the Land”
|Government||Ba’athist Single-party state|
|–||from France||17 April 1946|
|–||from the United Arab Republic||28 September 1961|
|–||Total||185,180 km2 (89th)
71,479 sq mi
|–||2011 estimate||22,717,417 (53rd)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|–||Total||$105.238 billion (65th)|
|–||Per capita||US$5,043 (114th)|
|GDP (nominal)||2010 estimate|
|–||Total||US$60.210 billion (66th)|
|–||Per capita||US$2,958 (118th)|
|HDI (2011)||0.632 (medium) (119th)|
|Currency||Syrian pound (
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|–||Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Internet TLD||.sy, سوريا.|
|1||Arabic is the official language; spoken languages and varieties are: Syrian Arabic, North Mesopotamian Arabic, Kurmanji Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian, Turkish|
|2||02 from Lebanon|
Syria (/ˈsɪriə/ ( listen) sirr-ee-ə; Arabic: سورية Sūriyya or سوريا Sūryā; Syriac: ܣܘܪܝܐ; Kurdish: Sûrî), officially the Syrian Arab Republic (Arabic: الجمهورية العربية السورية al-Jumhūriyyah al-‘Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah Arabic pronunciation (help·info)), is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the West, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest.
In English, the name Syria was formerly synonymous with the Levant, known in Arabic as Sham, while the modern state encompasses the sites of several ancient kingdoms and empires, including the Eblan civilization of the third millennium BC. In the Islamic era, its capital city, Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, was the seat of the Umayyad Caliphate, and a provincial capital of the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt.
The population of Syria is 74% Sunni, 12% Alawi, 9% Christian, and 3% Druze. Combined, some 90% of the Syrian population is Muslim, while the other 9% is Christian, which includes Arab Christians, Assyrians and Armenians. Major ethnic minorities in Syria include Kurds (9%), Assyrians, Armenians, Turkmens and Circassians. The majority of the population is Arab (90%).
The modern Syrian state was established after the First World War as a French mandate, and represented the largest Arab state to emerge from the formerly Ottoman-ruled Arab Levant. It gained independence in April 1946, as a parliamentary republic. The post-independence period was tumultuous, and a large number of military coups and coup attempts shook the country in the period 1949–1971. Between 1958–1961, Syria entered a brief union with Egypt, which was terminated by a military coup in Syria. Syria was under Emergency Law from 1963–2011, effectively suspending most constitutional protections for citizens, and its system of government is considered to be non-democratic. Bashar al-Assad has been president since 2000 and was preceded by his father Hafez al-Assad, who was in office from 1971.
Since 2011 The Syrian government has faced massive protests as part of the Arab Spring, and has been suspended from the Arab League. The governments of the United States, France, Spain and Libya have recognised the opposition Syrian National Council, with Libya referring to it as the sole legitimate representative of the state.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 Geography
- 3 History
- 4 Politics and government
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Education