Syria in 2011-12 is in upheaval, rebellion and civil war with hundreds of thousands of ‘rebels’ battling against government military forces to end the dictatorial repressive regime of the ruling Assad family. The land itself is beautiful with historic Roman ruins and peaceful valleys. In the market souks of Aleppo and villages life continues as it has for hundreds of years.

 

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SYRIA-UNREST-US-IRAQ-SOLDIERS...(FILES) A handout file picture released on November 23, 2004
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Thousands of Kurds gather to celebrate the Kurdish new year
Thousands of Kurds gather to celebrate the Kurdish new year or "Nawruz" in Terbespi, near Qamishli, on monday, march 21, 2005.