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  • Syria crisis: Inside Islamic State's 'capital' Raqqa
    The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from the front line of the fight against IS in Syria.
    BBC News.  Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:01:24 GMT.
  • Syria conflict: Australia resumes anti-IS air raids
    A temporary suspension was declared after Russia warned it would treat coalition jets as potential targets.
    BBC News.  Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:30:21 GMT.
  • What's Behind Moscow's Latest Threats In Syria
    Moscow's bluster is a sign that it has no other means to control the narrative in Syria. The Kremlin tone towards the Kurds shows that Moscow doesn't want US and its allies to fill the space in Syria as ISIS declines. ...
    By Anna Borshchevskaya, Contributor.  Forbes.  Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:53:00 -0400.
  • Russia to target US planes, suspends coordination in Syria
    Russia's defence ministry says it is suspending coordination with the United States in Syria over so-called "de-confliction zones" after the Americans downed a Syrian government fighter jet.
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:02:36 +1000.
  • Double Bombing Kills At Least 59 Near Shi'ite Shrines In Damascus
    Syrian and Iraqi officials say two explosions near Shi'ite shrines in Damascus have killed at least 40 people and wounded more than 100.
    Radio Liberty.  Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:13:04 +0000.
  • Twin Blasts Kill at Least 46 in Damascus
    At least 46 people, most of them Iraqi pilgrims, were killed and more than 120 others wounded Saturday in Damascus in twin bombings that targeted a religious shrine. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:55:57 -0500.
  • 40 killed in Damascus blasts targeting Iraqi Shiite visitors
    At least 40 people were killed and 100 others wounded on Saturday when explosive devices ripped through busses carrying Shiite visitors close to the Shaghour area in the capital Damascus, a well-informed security source told Xinhua.
    Xinhua.  2017-03-11.

Facts About Syria

The Syrian Arab Republic, located in southwest Asia, is governed by a head of state and government plus one legislative house.  Its capital city is Damascus, and its currency is the Syrian Pound.

The primary language used in Syria is Arabic, and in 2007, Syria's estimated population was 19,048,000.  Approximately 75% of Syrians are Arab, 7% are Bedouin Arab, 7% are Kurdish, and 11% are other ethnicities.

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