Al-Sumaria TV said the full liberation of Ba’aj and several nearby villages on Sunday came following fierce clashes with Daesh elements.The fresh gain shrinks the area under the Daesh control in the border region between Iraq and Syria, where Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to be hiding, according to Iraqi and US sources.News reports suggest the United States will respond to last week's chemical weapons' attacks in Syria with targeted military strikes. From its ancient cities to the current conflict, here are five cultural facts about Syria. The Syrians About 23 million people live in Syria, and the majority of those people, about 74 percent, are Sunni Muslims. involvement and the growing crisis in the region, most Americans know relatively little about the country or its history.Aceramic flint scatters, comprising very crude cores or flakes and no formalised tools, are frequently found on the Middle Euphrates steppe of northern Syria. 2011b, Archaeological survey around Tell Gahnem Al-Ali (IV), Al-Rafidan, 32: 125-133. In: Céramique de l’âge du bronze en Syrie II, L’Euphrates et la region de Jézireh, (Al-Maqdissi, M., Matoian, V., & Christophe, C., Eds.), IFAPO, Beyrouth: p. 2007, Investigations of Euphrates terraces and related archaeology, NE Syria, 2006-2007, CBRL Bulletin, 2007(2): 82-89. 124, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, 292 p.Previous studies suggest that many of them are residues of short-term activities by the nomads or shepherds of the Early Bronze Age. 2006, Early Urbanism on the Syrian Euphrates, Routledge, London, 313 p. Nishiaki, Y., Kadowaki, S., Kume, S., & Shimogama, K. 2007, Euphrates River Valley Settlement: The Carchemish Sector in the Third Millennium BC, Levant supplementary series Vol.
NATO’s announced escalated “fight against terrorism” beyond its current involvement in Syria and elsewhere, along with the enormous arms deal Trump arranged with Riyadh is bad news for hoped for Middle East peace.The Prime Minister will urge MPs to back military action against Bashar al-Assad's forces if they carry out another gas attack, following a sarin gas strike that left over 80 people dead in a Syrian town.Trump and Putin held a phone call for the first time since last month's missile strikes on Syria, where Russia has forces backing dictator Bashar al Assad. The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib killed scores of people and prompted the United States to launch a missile strike on a Syrian air base, its first direct assault on the Assad regime.About 10 percent of the population is Christian, and another small percentage is made up of Druze, a mystical religious sect with elements common to several monotheistic religions. A vast trove of 20,000 cuneiform tablets unearthed in the city provided an unprecedented look at everyday life in Mesopotamia at the time.[In Photos: Amazing Ruins of the Ancient World] Whereas most people in Syria speak Arabic, about 9 percent of the population — mostly in the northeast — speak Kurdish. Ancient history Syria has been a cradle of civilization for at least 10,000 years. Since then, it has been part of the major empires of history: At various times, the Egyptians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, Macedonians and Romans ruled the region. Notable places The biggest cities in the country — Aleppo, in the northwest, and Damascus, in the southwest — are truly ancient.