Myra Smith – Ashley Smallridge – Ashley Shelton – Olivia Jackson Syria
Syria was discovered in 1975. Syria is significant in the history of Christianity. Ancient Syria was conquered by Egypt in 1500 B.C and five more after countries after that. The population of Syria is 74% Sunni Muslim, with a 13% Shia and Alawite population, 10% non-Muslim Christian and 3% Druze minorities. Historical context!
French occupation! • In 1920,King Faysal became the leader of Syria, but his rule over Syria ended after only a few months, following the clash between his Syrian Arab forces and regular French forces at the battle of Maysalun.
Independence to 1970! • On April 17,1946 there was a rapid economic development followed the Declaration of Independence.
Geographical Context! • Iraq • Jordan
Turkey • Israel • Lebanon • Syrian government • President Bashar al-Assad Major Players!
Sources of Conflict! • Bashar al- Assad • Current president of Syria • Lifted the Syrian Emergency Law of 1963 • Altering prices • Syria/ Turkey Boarder • Water issues • Rebellious citizens • The citizens are protesting and causing a revolution
Syria is rich in natural resources • Such as petroleum, phosphates, iron ore, rock salt, etc. • Exported commodities are crude oil, petroleum products, textiles, fruit and vegetables, and wheat • Ranked #33 (in the world) in oil production • #49 in oil consumption Impact on the U.S.
It imposes restrictions on the freedom of their union and displacement • It also allows the arrest of suspects or people who threaten the security and the monitoring of communications • Has been in place for 48 years Emergency law of 1963
Protests have broken out with no sign of a peaceful end • More than 400 protesters have died or gone missing • U.S. urged Americans to leave the country immediately • U.S. also considering putting sanctions on Syria • United Nations is conducting an investigation Impact on the u.s. (continued)
Historical Context • http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3580.htm • Geographical Context • http://www.thirdage.com/news/syria-seals-border-with-jordan_04-25-2011 • http://meria.idc.ac.il/journal/2003/issue2/jv7n2a4.html • http://www.cfr.org/middle-east/middle-east-syria-lebanon/p7851#p4 • Major Players & Impact on the U.S. • https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sy.html#top • http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/syria/index.html • Today Show • Sources of Conflict • http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3580.htm • http://www.mideastinfo.com/archive/paper1.htm • http://www.mideastnews.com/water001.html • http://kcrg.biz/2011/03/syria-plans-to-lift-the-emergency-law-of-1963/ sources