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    (April 17, 1946- )
    Located in Middle East
    Borders Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
    Slightly larger than North Dakota
    Israel occupies some of Syria's land (Golan Heights)
    Population is larger than Florida
    League of Nations granted them independence from the French (April 17, 1946)
    Its people suffer from dust and sandstorms.
    Infant mortality rate is about 4%.
    Three out of ten adults can not read and write.
    Nine of twenty adult women can not read and write.
    It formed the United Arab Republic with Egypt, it only lasted a few years.
    The country is governed by the military since March 1963.
    Its legal system is based on Islamic law which includes public beheading.
    President Hafiz al-Asad seized power after the November 1970 coup (February 22, 1971).
    Only one in twenty-four people own a Television set.
    Its people have border disputes with Israel and Turkey.
    It has troops occupying parts of Lebanon.
    Opiates and hashish traffic through its borders.
    Syrians spend a lot of time with their hookahs (water pipes).
    Latakia is a prized tobacco, from the city of the same name.
    Santa doesn't give gifts on Christmas, one of the wise men's camels does (known as the gift giving camel).
    The oldest standing Christian church is at Qal'at es Salihige (232).
    Syria's Simeon Stylites was the world's first-and greatest flagpole sitter. He perched atop a 50-foot Aleppo pillar for thirty years.
    Golden hamsters were first discovered in Syria (1930's).
    Citizens are Syrians, seriously.
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