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It has a favorable location in a fertile area close to the desert and has historically served as a refueling stop and commercial center for traders making trips through the desert.Inland of this area is a range of limestone mountains, the Jabal al-Nusayriya.Beginning in 1095, Syria was a target of the Crusades, but the Arabs ultimately defeated the Christian invaders.The Turkish Ottoman Empire took control in 1516 and ruled the area for four hundred years.
All the candidates were hand-picked by the French, but once elected, they declined the constitution France had proposed for the country.That name still is used to refer to the entire area of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and the West Bank and has become a symbol of Arab unity. Syria borders Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Israel and Jordan to the south, and Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west.It is 71,000 square miles (183,900 square kilometers) in area.One-third of the land is arable, and one-third is pasturable.The terrain is mostly desert, and home to drought resistant plants such as myrtle, boxwood, and wild olive. Remote areas have wolves, hyenas, and foxes; the desert has lizards, eagles, and buzzards.
After independence, civilian rule was short-lived, and the early 1950s saw a succession of coups, after which Syria formed the United Arab Republic with Egypt in 1958.