Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din are two castles in Syria that date to the period of the Crusades and represent an important mixture of European and Near Eastern influences. However, both have been the scene of heavy fighting: In 2013, rebels said they had just managed to defeat regime troops fighting in the walls of the Crac des Chevaliers, though the Syrian army retook the castle in 2014. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
These villages, also known as the “Dead Cities,” are located in the northwest of the country and date back to between the 1st and 7th centuries, but they were all abandoned by the 10th century. Their ruins present a picture of life in the Antiquity period and the Byzantine period, but the civil war in Syria has posed a threat to their preservation, with refugees and fighters taking refuge in the ruins at points ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Damascus is the capital of Syria and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, with some excavations showing the city was inhabited as early as 8,000 to 10,000 B.C. The city became the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate and has been important to Arab culture since. Within the walls of the Old City, UNESCO says there are 125 protected monuments, including the Umayyad mosque, still one of the largest mosques in the world.
There had been concerns about the Old City of Damascus due to a population decrease, in which residents moved out of older buildings to newer housing, leading to some abandoned areas. Fighting in the Syrian capital has also caused serious concern. When rebels entered the Old City in 2012, the government shelled it. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Bosra was once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia and still features a 2nd-century Roman theater within the Old City walls. It contains a number of monuments from the Nabataean, Byzantine and Umayyad periods, too.
The city, however, has been the site of considerable fighting during the Syrian civil war, putting much of the Old City at risk. There have been reports of shelling and bombing in the city, and online videos have appeared to show snipers shooting from the theater. Relics from the site have been looted since at least 2012. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Syrian authorities Monday launched a garden in the center of Damascus on behalf of the late leader Kim Il Sung, founder of North Korea internationally isolated, and in honor “of their struggle.”
He said Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in response to a question, told AFP on Damascus to honor the personal and faced international criticism “of criticizing (Il Sung) and his mind a little silly.”
He said Miqdad, who attended the inauguration ceremony that the Il-Sung “is the leader and the leader of a famous landmark in the struggle for liberation and the building of his country therefore deserves honor in Syria.”
And it constructed the park, which covers an area of about 9000 square meters central neighborhood organizing upscale Kafar southwest of the capital on the ruins of random houses reclaimed recently.
Also called North Korea’s late president’s name on a neighboring yard garden surrounding a plaque of marble inscribed with biographical sketch of the late president, also fired his name on a nearby street to park stretches from before them, and pass the arena to reach the nearby neighborhood orchards about 1 kilometer.
The memorial plaque above the image of violet flowers and wrote underneath, “Kim Il Sung Street, Mr. President Kim Il Sung, the great leader of the Korean people eternal and dear friend of the Arab people of Syria.”
And played at the beginning of the launch national anthems amid the presence of a number of Korean community carrying the Korean flag and the flag of Syria, including girls wearing traditional Korean dress embroidered with bright colors.
And the price Mekdad told reporters democratic attitudes of Korea “that stand with Syria against terrorism.”
The Syrian authorities have released the title of “terrorists” on opposition fighters which is locked in an armed conflict with them seemed peaceful protest movement before turning to the forked parties for more than four-year conflict.
He said North Korea’s ambassador accredited in Damascus Jang Myung is in his speech before the unveiling of the plaque, that the construction of the park “is an expression of the feelings of respect and love that Syria, rooted party, government and people to President Kim Il Sung, the Great.”
He said the North Korean ambassador to the Syrian crisis “as a result of plots and schemes of the United States of America and tools to bring down the fierce and independent forensic system and achieve monopolistic control over the Middle East.”
It was founded by Kim Il Sung, the Korean People’s Democratic Republic in 1948 and ruled with an iron fist.
North Korea maintains military ties and Damascus for many years has continued during the Syrian conflict.
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The US State Department on Friday repeated its commitment to a political transition “away from” Syrian President Bashar Assad after a US special envoy held talks in Moscow on how to end Syria’s more than four-year civil war.
“The United States remains strongly committed to achieving a genuine, negotiated political transition away from Bashar Assad that brings an end to the violence,” it said in a statement. “Assad’s continued tenure fuels extremism and inflames tensions in the region. That is why a political transition is not only necessary for the good of the people of Syria, but an important part of the fight to defeat the extremists.” ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Syrian jets have again bombed the opposition-held Damascus suburb of Douma hours after the United Nations condemned air strikes carried out on Sunday that killed more than 100 people.
Warplanes attacked the district for the second day running on Monday amid claims from survivors that the global focus on Islamic State meant other atrocities were increasingly being ignored.
Stephen O’Brien, the UN’s most senior humanitarian official, said he was horrified by the total disrespect for civilian life in the conflict, which has left at least 250,000 people dead and up to four times that number injured. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday insisted Moscow did not accept the departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a prerequisite for launching any peace process in the war-torn country.
Russia — one of Assad’s few remaining allies along with Iran — has launched a fresh diplomatic push to find a way out of the four-year civil war that has cost some 240,000 lives.
Russia’s top diplomat met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow on Monday to discuss Syria along with other issues including the July deal over Tehran’s nuclear programme. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
MOSCOW – The leader of the main Syrian opposition group says after talks in Moscow that Russia isn’t committed keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.
Speaking a day after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Syrian National Coalition president Khaled Khoja said Friday that “the Russian leadership isn’t clinging to Bashar Assad” and is focusing on the need to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and prevent its collapse. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Reached Islamic groups and forces loyal to the regime in Syria Tuesday for a cease-fire for 48 hours in several cities experiencing battles northwest of the country along the border with Lebanon, as announced Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The observatory said that the cease-fire in Zabadani, the last stronghold of the Syrian opposition on the Lebanese-Syrian border, will start at 6.00 (3.00 GMT).
The observatory said director Rami Abdel Rahman “got agreement to a cease-fire for 48 hours in Zabadani and Alfoaa and Kefraya.”
He added that “the agreement signed by the fighters of al-Ahrar al-Sham and local fighters on the one hand and the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah on the other hand.”
It is said that Alfoaa and Kefraya two Bldtan Shi’a order in Idleb province (northwest) and Bldtan The last two are still under the regime’s control in the region and Ahazarethma opposition fighters.
Abdul Rahman said negotiations were under way for the withdrawal of opposition fighters from Zabadani, as well as lifting the siege on Alfoaa and Kefraya. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»