A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians,Mandeans and Turks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, and Yazidis. Sunni Arabs make up the largest population group in Syria.

In English, the name "Syria" was formerly synonymous with the Levant (known in Arabic as al-Sham), while the modern state encompasses the sites of several ancient kingdoms and empires, including the Eblan civilization of the 3rd millennium BC. Its capital Damascus is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In the Islamic era, Damascus was the seat of the Umayyad Caliphate and a provincial capital of the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt.

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Overnight Defense: White House open to reforming war powers | Army base might house migrant ...

The Hill 06 Mar 2021
Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike ... February jobs report to provide first measure of Biden economy Biden called off second military target in Syria minutes before strike ... out since Biden took office.
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Conscription by SDF agonizing Raqqa residents

Raqqa 06 Mar 2021
The Defense Office of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria dispatched a circular calling all persons eligible for the so-called “duty of self-defense” to “legalize their status and obtain mandatory service booklet.”.
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Secret plan to cut spending on war zone aid by two thirds

The Times/The Sunday Times 06 Mar 2021
Ministers have secretly drawn up plans to cut Britain’s humanitarian support in global conflict zones by up to two thirds this year, leaked Foreign Office documents reveal.
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Britain 'plans to slash foreign aid to war-torn countries including Syria and Libya by up ...

The Daily Mail 06 Mar 2021
Figures obtained by the openDemocracy website reveal that senior Foreign Office officials have discussed cutting aid to Syria by two-thirds - from £137million pledged last year to just over £45million this year ... Office officials have discussed cutting aid to Syria by two-thirds.
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UK Foreign Office planning massive aid cuts to conflict-hit Middle East countries

The New Arab 06 Mar 2021
... and African countries, face huge cuts to their UK aid programmes, according to a leaked report of discussions held in the last three weeks among Foreign Office officials ... The Foreign Office has also planned slashing Syria’s aid budget by 67%, and Libya’s by 63%.
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UK 'to cut aid to Syria and African countries'

BBC News 05 Mar 2021
The UK will cut aid to Syria and several African countries by more than 60%, a leaked email suggests. First reported by openDemocracy, the document dated last month suggests officials are considering cutting aid to Syria by 67% and Lebanon by 88% ... The leaked Foreign Office email gives the first indication of which countries might lose out.
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UNHCR Update Libya (5 March 2021)

Reliefweb 05 Mar 2021
Registration activities at UNHCR’s Serraj office in Tripoli are ongoing, with a total of 145 newly registered individuals from Sudan (90), Syria (35), Eritrea (7), Palestine (6), Yemen (5), Ethiopia (1) and South Sudan (1).
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Merkel Welcomes Upcoming UN-Led Cyprus Talks in Video Call With Erdogan

Urdu Point 05 Mar 2021
The informal talks on Cyprus is scheduled to take place in Geneva from April 27-29 ... Separately, the Turkish presidential office said that the two leaders discussed bilateral relations, as well as Libya and Syria ... ....
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Israeli minister sticks to Iran 'environmental terror' claim

Hastings Tribune 04 Mar 2021
The investigation determined the ship was smuggling oil from Iran to Syria when the spill occurred in early February. “The fact that no one knew about the ship that smuggled crude oil from Iran to Syria, that dumped oil and turned off its radar is a failure that needs to be investigated," she said.
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Israeli minister sticks to Iran ‘environmental terror’ claim

Wtop 04 Mar 2021
The investigation determined the ship was smuggling oil from Iran to Syria when the spill occurred in early February. “The fact that no one knew about the ship that smuggled crude oil from Iran to Syria, that dumped oil and turned off its radar is a failure that needs to be investigated,” she said.
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Israel says Iran is behind 'eco-terrorism' oil spill in the Mediterranean

The Daily Mail 04 Mar 2021
The ship was smuggling crude oil from Iran to Syria when it spilled its cargo in early February ... 'The fact that no one knew about the ship that smuggled crude oil from Iran to Syria, that dumped oil and turned off its radar is a failure that needs to be investigated.' ... Gamliel´s office declined requests for clarification.
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Syria’s Chemical Weapons Declaration Cannot Be Considered ‘Accurate, Complete’, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Tells Security Council

Reliefweb 04 Mar 2021
Noting that her office maintains contact with both OPCW and Syria’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, she said the former is pressing forward with its mandated activities related to Syria despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic ... Further, the Executive Council decision of July 2020 requested Syria to address the situation.
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Go welcomes successful repatriation from Syria of 2nd batch of trafficked OFWs

Journal Online 04 Mar 2021
Before this, six Filipino migrants who were victims of human trafficking in Syria, safely returned to the Philippines on Saturday, February 7, following support and assistance from Duterte, the Office of Senator Go, DFA and other concerned government agencies. The second batch of repatriates also received similar assistance from these offices.
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