Area: 185,180 sq km
Fertile plain on Mediterranean coast; 60% desert in centre and east but crossed by the Euphrates River.
Population: 22,505,091 Annual Growth: 3.31%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 22 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Syrias role in the Middle East has been a troubled one in recent decades. But a new and younger president, economic difficulties, nervous minorities and, above all, shifting political fault lines in the region put Syrias own stability at risk. Lasting peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved without Syrian participation in any solution. Pray that God might somehow use this nation to bring peace to the area.
Changes within the country point to a potentially dangerous future. The Iraq situation created possibly 1.8 million refugees to add to the 600,000 Palestinians in Syria. They are now beginning to move onward, either to Western countries or back to Iraq. Traditionally moderate Sunni Islam is shifting toward more fundamentalist expressions just as the exploding youthful population find themselves jobless and without prospects. Water issues grow more significant in the region. Pray for God to use the uncertainty to draw people to seek the truth more urgently.
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