Official name Syrian Arab Republic. a republic in SW Asia at the E end of the Mediterranean. 71,227 sq. mi. (184,478 sq. km). Capital: Damascus.
a territory mandated to France in 1922, including the present republics of Syria and Lebanon (Latakia and Jebel ed Druz were incorporated into Syria 1942): the French mandatory powers were nominally terminated as of January 1, 1944.
an ancient country in W Asia, including the present Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and adjacent areas: a part of the Roman Empire 64 b.c.–a.d.
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How to use Syria in a sentence
Padnos had just spent days in in a Toyota Hilux with the burly head of al Qaeda in Syria, Abu Maria al-Qahtani, driving across the country at the head of a 60-vehicle convoy.Islamist Terrorism Is Not Done With Us, Warns Former al Qaeda Hostage Theo Padnos | Karl Vick | February 25, 2021 | Time
When the Turkish government attacked the Kurds in the Afrin District of northern Syria, Turkey also arrested hundreds of its own residents for criticizing the operation.Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company’s Business | by Jack Gillum and Justin Elliott | February 24, 2021 | ProPublica
When I first asked the American special operations soldiers who among the fighters they worked with I should meet in Syria, one of the first names that always arose was Azeema.The Women Who Fought to Defend Their Homes Against ISIS | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | February 22, 2021 | Time
They claimed to want a chemical-weapon-free Syria, but they slow-rolled every eradication effort and ultimately intervened on Assad’s side militarily, even as he continued to gas civilians.
Michael Foley, the brother of James Foley, an American journalist executed by Islamic State operatives in Syria in 2014, has publicly denounced Callimachi’s reporting on his death.New York Times says it can’t verify ISIS claims in ‘Caliphate’ podcast but issues no retraction | Elahe Izadi, Paul Farhi | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The American military may have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Iraq and Syria.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Officials have said the war to reclaim upward of a third of Iraq and a quarter of Syria from ISIS could take years.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2014, 170,000 people came to Italy from places like Eritrea and Syria.
The first thing they told us was that the traffickers are now using Turkish ports, which are relatively easy to reach from Syria.
Family members have said they pleaded with the women not to head to Syria.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages | Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of the most beautiful and fragrant tobacco fields in the world are to be found in Syria.
Burton's work on unexplored Syria is full of passages relating to tobacco and the custom of smoking.
The 'Syria' was originally a paddle-wheel steamer, having oscillating cylinders worked with steam of 25 lbs.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
It attains its finest form and flavor in Syria, where it is cultivated to a considerable extent.
She had resided in Syria nearly thirty years, and was celebrated for her eccentricity and singular mode of life.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for Syria
a republic in W Asia, on the Mediterranean: ruled by the Ottoman Turks (1516–1918); made a French mandate in 1920; became independent in 1944; joined Egypt in the United Arab Republic (1958–61). Hafez al-Assad elected president in 1971 following a coup; after his death in 2000 Assad's son Bashar took over the presidency; his rule was challenged (from 2012) by an uprising that led to a civil war. Official language: Arabic. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: Syrian pound. Capital: Damascus. Pop: 22 457 336 (2013 est). Area: 185 180 sq km (71 498 sq miles)
(formerly) the region between the Mediterranean, the Euphrates, the Taurus, and the Arabian Desert
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Cultural definitions for Syria
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