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  • Middle East Project: Syria
  • I'm Sara, and I'm going to explain a little bit about Syria.
  • After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Syria became the Arab Kingdom of Syria. This name was short-lived, however, because it soon fell under French rule and became a French mandate.
  • The British and the French split up Greater Syria according to the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This separated modern-day Syria and Lebanon (French) from Iraq, Jordan, and Israel/Palestine.
  • When the French withdrew from Syria, they left behind a region full of unrest.
  • There was some nationalism in Syria, but it mainly exacerbated tensions between nations.
  • Syria also had a mass exodus of refugees.
  • The main event that has happened since WWI was the Syrian civil war that has been going on for quite a while.
  • People rebelled for lots of reasons, but mainly because the president used chemical weapons on his own people.
  • Today, Syria has a presidential republic. It is supposed to be somewhat democratic, but President Assad is extremely authoritarian.
  • Fasulo, David, Brent Goff, and David Holford. History Alive!: World Connections. Rancho Cordova, CA: Teachers' Curriculum Institute, 2013. Teach TCI. Teachers' Curriculum Institute, 2017. Web. 8 Mar. 2017. United States. Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA World Factbook 2017. N.p.: Central Intelligence Agency, 2017. The CIA World Factbook. Web. 8 Mar. 2017.
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