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107,601. I believe that Syria is our generation’s test. Jo Cox, murdered MP
60,562. The actions of one Muslim warrior echo down the centuries. An Islamic champion will rise and influence the rules of war. (Crusades & Islam & Muslim & Syria & War) Mystery Files: Saladin
60,563. Over the next two decades Saladin builds an empire with Damascus in Syria as his empire. (Crusades & Islam & Muslim & Syria & War) ibid.
60,565. Saladin marches from Damascus towards Jerusalem as the head of any army of 30,000 men. (Crusades & Syria) ibid.
61,534. Another ancient city – Tell Brak. (Civilisation & Syria) Richard Miles, Ancient Worlds I: Come Together
90,460. When Husni Zaim seized power from Shukri al-Quwatli on 30 March 1949, Syria's economy was a parlous state and its army had been beaten the previous November by the Israelis. Zaim knew that he needed to take action on both fronts fast. After overthrowing al-Quwatli bloodlessly, he set out to open peace talks with the Israelis and mend relations with the French via a currency agreement and an arms deal that would pave the way for renewed French influence in the former mandate. But Zaim’s reign did not last long. One hundred and thirty-seven days after he had taken power, on 14 August he too was overthrown and executed. James Barr, A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle for the Mastery of the Middle East
64,482. Like Syria, the government of Bahrain employs aggressive tactics to censor and monitor its people’s online activity. (Bahrain & Syria) Rebecca MacKinnon
74,657. The Syrians introduced the monastic life to the West. They were the great traders of the ancient world. (Christianity & Sex & Syria & Trade) Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, Sex and the Church I: From Pleasure to Sin, BBC 2015
60,540. Two warriors came to prominence. Two warlords who would use Jihad as their rallying cry. Nur-ad-Din was a powerful leader who in 1146 took control of parts of what are now Syria and Jordan. A deeply religious man he immersed himself in the study of the Koran ... Nurd-ad-Din’s interpretation of Jihad resonated with his subjects who were eager to defeat the Europeans ... His deputy: a young warrior who was also a devout student of the Koran: his name was Saladin ... The reins of power were taken by Saladin who began immediately to plan an assault on Jerusalem ... The night before the assault the Muslims set the grass around the Crusader camp aflame. By dawn the Crusaders were enveloped in choking black smoke. As the sun rose over the battlefield the Islamic army attacked. After half a day of fierce battle in the searing heat the Crusader army lay devastated. This was a turning point in the history of the Crusades. Emboldened by his victory Saladin turned his attention to claiming Jerusalem. (Crusades & Jerusalem & Syria & Islam & Muslim & Christianity) Decoding the Past: The Koran
90,436. There’s only one place to start and that’s in the past. Those fighting for control of Syria nurse grievances stretching back centuries ... President Assad's government has attempted to annihilate opposition to his regime. This World: A History of Syria with Dan Snow, BBC 2013
90,437. Other Muslims rejected the hereditary succession and became known as Sunnis. ibid.
90,438. The story of modern Syria starts with the great global conflagration: the First World War. (Syria & Arabia) ibid.
90,439. An act of breathtaking imperialism. The French landed in Syria and crushed Prince Faisal’s Arab nationalists. (Syria & Arabia) ibid.
90,440. Sunni Muslim Arabs account for two thirds of the population. (Syria & Arabia) ibid.
90,441. The young Assad was politically ambitious. With his fellow Ba’aths he began plotting to take over the country which by then was plagued by instability. ibid.
90,442. Assad was creating one of the most oppressive police states in the world. ibid.
90,443. ‘It was the army. They fired missiles and machine guns at us. They hit civilian homes.’ ibid. Arab woman victim, BBC interview
90,444. Dynasties have come and gone. What has always remained is Syria and the Syrians. ibid.
57,060. And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots; and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it. (Syria & Samaria) I Kings 20:1
54,381. And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord. (God’s Fascism & Syria) I Kings 20:28
90,451. And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together, and passed over Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Syrians set themselves in array against David, and fought with him.
And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Syrians, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Shobach the captain of their host, who died there. (Syria & David) II Samuel 10:17&18
90,452. At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day. II Kings 16:6
90,453. And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadarezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men.
Then David put garrisons in Syria Damascus; and the Syrians became David's servants, and brought gifts. Thus the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went. (Syria & David & God's Favouritism) I Chronicles 18:5&6
90,454. So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh before the Syrians unto the battle; and they fled before him.
And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem. I Chronicles 19:14&15
90,455. But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand men which fought in chariots, and forty thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host. (Syria & David) I Chronicles 19:18
90,456. And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus. II Chronicles 24:23
90,457. No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used, not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. (Syria & Bio-Chemical Weapons) Vladimir Putin
90,458. No-one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. And there’s no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime. (Syria & Bio-Chemical Weapons) Joe Biden