What is today Syria was once ruled by Ottoman Turks from 1516–1918 and gained independence in 1944.
The name Syria is derived from the ancient Mesopotamian kingdom of Assyria that occupied the region between 721–633 BCE. According to Biblical accounts, the Syrian region has been coveted since the time of the Pharaohs, with disputes stretching beyond the reign of King Solomon and into the era of the "Kings of Assyria."
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