Foreign News: SYRIA--Crossroads & Battleground

SYRIA sits at such a vital crossroads—between Europe, Africa and Asia—that the traffic through it has always been heavy, and its inhabitants have never had much chance for peace and quiet. Often a battleground, usually under foreign occupation, the area has no indigenous name; the word Syria was adopted by the Greeks to describe the rich, wide crescent stretching from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates.

The Land & the People

Modern Syria, one of four nations carved out of old Syria since World War I,* is only slightly larger than Missouri. Of its 72,000...

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