What we have wrought

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An interesting article with photographs of what we all have done to this ancient and proud country. I mean ALL of us. Not just the West, not just the Russians, not just ISIS and Assad. ALL the world is implicated in the destruction of this country and people.

Syria, today is a war zone, where four years of civil war — made worse by the US-led coalition’s support to anti-government militias — has contributed to the worst refugee crisis in recent years, with an estimated four million Syrians fleeing a conflict that demonstrates world power politics at its worst. Since 2014, the conflict in Syria has taken on a new character with the rise of the Islamic State, as the militant group’s capital is in the Syrian province of Raqqa.

As the war on terror focuses on Syria, things are only getting worse. In recent months, the Islamic State has captured new territory, even expanding outside of its stronghold in Syria and Iraq — to Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc and including attacks in the West, such as the deadly attacks in Paris last month.

However, Syria was not always the conflict torn state that people were desperately trying — risking everything that they had — to get away from, although the country has had a politically unstable past. As part of our “Once Upon A Time” series, The Citizen brings to you images from Syria in the 1940s, 1950s, 60s and 70s, that paint a very different picture to the bloody and violent country that Syria is today. The two other articles in this series as Iraq in the 1950s, and Afghanistan in the 1960s. (whole thing)

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