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|Syria measures 71,498.4 sq. miles, slightly larger than North Dakota. This includes 500 sq. miles of Israeli occupied territory.
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.E3)
Syria’s population in 2006 was about 18,881, 361 with 90.3% Arabs. Sunni Muslims comprised 74% of the people. The Alawites, a religious group that broke away from Shiite Islam in the 9th century, numbered about 1.7 million and comprised about 15% of Syria’s population. Pres. Hafez Assad was a member of the sect.
(WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A30)(SSFC, 5/4/03, p.A11)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.41)
CIA Factbook: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/sy.html
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