A Look at Syria

Find out some facts about the country

Sep 13, 2013 | By TFK Staff
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POPULATION 22.5 million

LANGUAGES Arabic, Kurdish

GOVERNMENT Bashar Assad, president since 2000, holds all the power.

CAPITAL Damascus

HISTORY France controlled Syria until 1946. After gaining its independence, the small desert country went through a long period of political instability. Hafiz Assad seized control of the country in 1970, and stabilized it. His son, Bashar Assad, took control of the country following his father's death in 2000.

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