This question might seem stupid, but I've been wondering about what's so special about our country that made Turkey, Russia, Iran, USA... All fight for it. I'm not an expert but I don't think we have a lot of oil fields like Iran or the gulf. Fertile soil isn't that large area. Our coastline isn't very long to build more ports. And the geography is really hard, it's basically a lot of mountains and a big desert. All of this makes me wonder what is really the thing they're fighting for. Is it really worth it after all?
Would it be safe to go to Damascus? As the war is mainly in the north, from what ive heard Damascus is safe for tourists again, is this true?
Hello brothers and sisters of Syria. I am a Mexican that has grown fond of your culture and history. Through literature I have come to appreciate the beauty found in your people and country. I lament your current situation, and although I don;t have the means to make huge contributions, I was wondering if cryptocurrencies or Paypal in used in Syria to support someone directly.
If not, I would appreciate it if someone can point me to a reputable organization where I can send my contribution.
Again, I hope I don't offend anyone, my intentions are pure.
I wish you all the best, I hope your current situation improves, and may god be with you all.
I am from Lebanon and the nose jobs is 3 times more expensive than the nose job at Syria.
I am considering having it done in Tartous, has anyone done this surgery in Syria? If yes can you recommend a doctor and tell me about the results?
So I recently A tv series from Afghanistan about true crimes that were solved and non of the cases involved the Taliban or other terrorist groups and were just ordinary crimes with the distinction of taking place in a war torn nation.
So since seeing that i'm now interested in hearing about similar cases in other war zone countries or what are some non war or political crimes solved or unsolved (such as homicides, kidnappings, Heist, etc,etc) that have happened in Syira?
As strange as this may sound I'm interested to move to Damascus. I find that there are many opportunities business-wise in Syria and to help the people. I couldn't find any up to date information to move to the nation.
Could anyone tell me what the possibilities are?
Hey all! I’m just curious what countries Syrians are able to send letters in the mail to. If you know of any, please let me know!
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the deal “will serve as a good basis for a cessation of military activity in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” while Turkish President Recep Erdogan warned that it retained the right to “respond to all (Syrian) regime attacks in the field.”
“The truce is only a chance for the two sides to catch their breath” said Zaqzaq, a local resident living with his wife, five-year old daughter and three-year-old son. “It’s a very fragile truce and I don’t think it will last long.”
By James M. Dorsey
A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox.
As tens of thousands of refugees shiver in the cold on Turkey’s borders with Europe and a new phase of the brutal Syrian war erupts, Russia, Turkey, the European Union and the international community are being presented with the bill for a flawed, short-term approach to the nine-year old conflict that largely lacked empathy for millions of victims and was likely to magnify rather than resolve problems.
The failure of Western policymakers to adopt an approach that would have served Europe’s longer term security interests and sought to end Syria’s suffering in ways that may have held out the promise of a sustainable resolution of the conflict is compounded by the failure to exploit what was always a fragile alliance between Russia and NATO-member Turkey.
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Hey guys! I'm trying to learn more about Syria's politics and getting a holistic grasp on everything that is going on and hope to arouse some discussion to retain more information.
At the moment, I'm under the impression that Bashar Al-Assad has "won" the civil war, but faces some other troubles. One big issue is economic strains on Syria. I'm also currently believing that the SDF and Syrian government don't like each other, but dislike Turkey even more so they teamed up to push back Turkey.
I'm sure I'm not understanding everything perfectly so if someone could make some corrections or educate me on some important details, I would appreciate that. Thanks!
Hi everyone! I live in Ukraine, and my friend's acquaintance from Syria wants to visit, but he says that some sort of a health exam must be passed in order to obtain a visa.
My apologies if this question is inappropriate, but I really want to know what kind of health exam is that as he said he won't be able to pass or something. My friend's English is not that great and besides, she doesn't want to pry into his business too much, so I'm trying to find it out for her.
what's the process of getting gold coins into syria via Lebanon. is there a customs tax? does the origin of the gold matter or in what form (i.e coins or bullion)? is it a better alternative than bringing dollars since there's a crackdown on dollar trade. would prices vary depending on where I trade the gold?
Hi, like the title states I'm looking for beads that are exclusive to this area to make bracelets or necklaces. Nothing too expensive.
Hopefully this new decade will bring prosperity, peace, happiness and well being to Syria and all Syrians. God bless you!
Is practicing medicine restricted to Syrian doctors? Or can a foreign Doctor (specifically Lebanese) practice?
First day in Syria was not what I expected. Not once did i feel unsafe or even notice any effect from the war. The people are insanely friendly making me feel like a celebrity, everywhere I would go people ask me where I'm from and to take a photo.
My tour guide Sally teaches at a school and had brought me to meet the principal and students, they were all amazed and I was immediately flocked on all sides with people running from their classrooms to see me. A girl told me I "have a beautiful soul, and face" which was just the kindest thing.
As night came I met up with a German man touring with the same as with Sally's friends, and spent the night eating then going to a bar to celebrate Halloween.
I had gone into the country with an open mind yet it was still too closed for what I was about to experience, the people are the friendliest I have ever met and I am so grateful to have taken the step despite people calling me "brave" or "crazy".
I have to go to damascus. I need to withdraw 3000-4000 usd from western union. I prefer not to do it in lebanon because I can only withdraw in lebanese pound and the rate to convert to usd is expensive. Can I withdraw directly to usd in syria? thanks.
I’ve always wanted to visit Syria to see the people, ancient sites and learn more of the amazing culture.
From what I’ve seen online there are only 2 ways to visit right?
Just wanted to know if these are the only 2 ways to enter at the moment.
Ps I’m a British citizen who will be backpacking in the the region from January
I am considering visiting Syria following the new year. I most likely would fly to Lebanon and then drive out to Syria. Would I have a hard time getting past the border security or would I be fine as long as I had a visa approved by the government? As an American who does not speak any Arabic would this be a very hard obstacle to get around? Also would I ruffle some feathers being an American? I would definitely plan on visiting Damascus and depending on the longevity of my stay travel to other areas held by the government. What other cities/places would you recommend I visit? Also if I was planning to spend between a week to 2 weeks in Syria do you think I could manage a budget of 500-1000$? Considering there is sometime between now and the new year I could certainly pick up some basic vocabulary for my visit. Also any recommendations into planning such a trip would be appreciated. Thanks for reading this and I look forward to your suggestions/advice.
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On YouTube there are lots of videos about travelling through Syria coming up recently, how it's safe and friendly (I've done this myself). I was humbled when driven through these apocalyptic streets and reminded of the war and it's effects, and feel like amongst this rush of videos promoting Syria it's important we stay humble ourselves and grasp the damage and loss of life. In this video I take you through some of the worst damage witnessed by the war https://youtu.be/8WtlF4x04AI
Preface: I'm 50% Iraqi, 25% Syrian, and 25% Lebanese and 13. I'm also posting this post but with Iraq and Lebanon instead to their respective subreddits.
Being out of touch with where I'm from due to my parents I growing up in Dubai and my lack of knowledge of Arabic I've decided to make an attempt to learn more about it.
What are good starting points? I know close to nothing about Syria other than that there's a civil war going on right now.
I just got back from Damasus, Homs and Krak des Chevaliers and had honestly the best time in my life. Syria is very beautiful and has the most amazing people you can meet on the planet.
Thank you very much, Syrian people, for the experience and I wish you all the best in the future. Lots of love from me!
I just wanted to say thank you
Our racist Neo-nazi friends in r/Europe are saying that the refugees are the consequences of our involvement in the Syrian civil war. Therefore we should deal with ALL the refugees. But for some reason they seemed to forgot their hand in the conflict.
By 2016 the amount of weapons supplied to the Syrian rebels from Europe had reached over 1 BILLION British Pounds. Most of this weaponry came from Balkan nations Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Slovakia, Serbia and Romania.
These groups that our European friends consider "terrorist" such as Ansar al-Sham, the al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, Islamic State were all armed with European weapons. These were not old weapons either many of then were made in 2015 right off the factory line for distribution to Syria.
In fact so many weapons were going into [Syria from Europe](https://balkaninsight.co... keep reading on reddit ➡