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Syria–Turkey Border
The border between the Syrian Arab Republic
Syrian Arab Republic
and the Republic of Turkey is about 822 kilometres (511 mi) long.[1] It runs across Upper Mesopotamia for some 400 km, crossing the Euphrates
Euphrates
reaching as far as the Tigris, following the Southern Turkish stretch of the Baghdad Railway
Baghdad Railway
roughly along the 37th parallel between the 37th and 42nd eastern meridians
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Kessab
Kessab, Kesab or Kasab (Arabic: كسب‎ [kæsæb], Armenian: Քեսապ, Kesab) is a mostly Armenian-populated town in northwestern Syria, administratively part of the Latakia Governorate, located 59 kilometers north of Latakia
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Latakia Governorate
Latakia
Latakia
Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة اللاذقية‎ / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat al-Lādhiqīyah) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in western Syria, bordering Turkey. Its reported area varies in different sources from 2,297 km²[1] to 2,437 km².[2] The governorate has a population of 991,000 (2010 estimate). Members of the Alawite
Alawite
sect form a majority in the governorate, although Armenians, Turkmen, and Sunni
Sunni
Arabs
Arabs
form the majorities in the Kessab, Jabal Turkman, and Jabal al-Akrad
Jabal al-Akrad
regions respectively
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Hatay State
Hatay State
Hatay State
(Turkish: Hatay Devleti, French: État du Hatay, Arabic: دولة خطاي‎ Dawlat Khaṭāy), also known informally as the Republic
Republic
of Hatay, was a transitional political entity that existed from September 7, 1938, to June 29, 1939, in the territory of the Sanjak of Alexandretta of the French Mandate of Syria. The state was transformed de jure into the Hatay Province
Hatay Province
of Turkey
Turkey
on July 7, 1939, de facto joining the country on July 23, 1939
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NATO
"A mind unfettered in deliberation" "L'esprit libre dans la consultation"[2]Formation 4 April 1949; 69 years ago (1949-04-04)Type Military allianceHeadquarters Brussels, BelgiumMembership29 states Albania Belgium Bulgaria Canada Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Turkey United Kingdom United StatesOfficial languageEnglish French[3]Secretary GeneralJens StoltenbergChairman of the NATO
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OSCE
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Europe
(OSCE) is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control, promotion of human rights, freedom of the press, and fair elections. It employs around 3,460 people, mostly in its field operations but also in its secretariat in Vienna, Austria
Austria
and its institutions. It has its origins in the 1975 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) held in Helsinki, Finland. The OSCE is concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation. Its 57 participating states are located in Europe, northern and central Asia, and North America. The participating states cover much of the land area of the Northern Hemisphere
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Syrian Civil War
Hezbollah  Iran   Russia
Russia
(from 2015)Support: Iraq[1] Syrian OppositionFree Syrian Army[a] Turkey[b] (from 2016)Allied armed groupsSupport: United States[c] (2011–17)[2]  Saudi Arabia  Qatar Ahrar al-Sham[e]Islamic Front / SIF (2012–15) Jaysh al-IslamSupport: Turkey  Saudi Arabia  Qatar Tahrir al-Sham[d][e]
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Refugees Of The Syrian Civil War
5,440,749 refugees (registered, December 2017)[1] 6,130,000–6,320,000 refugees (based on UN estimate, March 2016)[2]Regions with important populations (over 1,000 refugees)[a] Turkey 3,381,005 (registered December 2017)[3] Lebanon 2.2 million (estimated arrivals as of December 2015) 1,001,051 (registered)[4] Jordan 1,265,000 (census results as of November 2015)[5] 661,114 (registered July 2017)[6] Germany 600,000 (2014 to late 2016)[7] 429,000 (registered by late 2016) 456,023 (applicants by February 2016) Saudi Arabia 500,000-2,500,000 (estimated overstays as of 2016)[8][9][10][11] United Arab Emirates 242,000 (estimated overstays as of 2015)[12][13]  Iraq
Iraq
(incl
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Tigris–Euphrates River System
The Tigris
Tigris
and Euphrates, with their tributaries, form a major river system in Western Asia. From sources originating in the Armenian Highlands[5] of eastern Turkey
Turkey
they flow by/through Syria
Syria
through Iraq into the Persian Gulf.[6] The system is part of the Palearctic Tigris– Euphrates
Euphrates
ecoregion, which includes Iraq
Iraq
and parts of Turkey, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan. From their sources and upper courses in the mountains of eastern Anatolia, the rivers descend through valleys and gorges to the uplands of Syria
Syria
and northern Iraq
Iraq
and then to the alluvial plain of central Iraq
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Ras Al-Bassit
Ras al-Bassit
Ras al-Bassit
(Arabic: رأس البسيط‎), historically known as Posideion or Posideium, is a small cape located 53 kilometres (33 mi) north of Latakia, Syria
Syria
on the Mediterranean Sea. The cape is a popular resort destination and the coastline is unusual for its distinctive black sand beaches.[1]Contents1 History 2 Geography 3 References 4 Bibliography 5 External linksHistory[edit] Ras al-Bassit
Ras al-Bassit
is thought to be the site of the ancient Hellenic city of Posideium, mentioned by both Strabo
Strabo
and Herodotus.[2] Excavations led by French archaeologist Paul Courbin between 1971 and 1984 revealed a small settlement back to the Late Bronze Age, when it may have functioned as an outpost of Ugarit, to the south. Unlike Ugarit, Bassit survived to the passage of the Sea Peoples
Sea Peoples
and into the Iron Age
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Extreme Points Of Turkey
The geographically extreme points of the Republic of Turkey
Turkey
are:Northernmost: The point is on the Turkish-Bulgarian border in Kofçaz, Kırklareli Province
Kırklareli Province
– (42°06′21″N 27°14′27″E / 42.10583°N 27.24083°E
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Iraq
Coordinates: 33°N 44°E / 33°N 44°E / 33; 44 Republic
Republic
of Iraqجمهورية العراق (Arabic) کۆماری عێراق (Kurdish)FlagCoat of armsMotto: الله أكبر (Arabic) "Allahu Akbar" (transliteration) "God is the Greatest"Anthem: "Mawtini" "موطني" (English: "My Homeland")Capital and largest city Baghdad 33°20′N 44°26′E / 33.333°N 44.433°E / 33.333; 44.433Official languagesArabic KurdishReligion IslamDemonym IraqiGovernment Federal p
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Mediterranean Sea
The Mediterranean Sea
Sea
is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the Mediterranean Basin
Mediterranean Basin
and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Southern Europe
Southern Europe
and Anatolia, on the south by North Africa
North Africa
and on the east by the Levant. Although the sea is sometimes considered a part of the Atlantic Ocean, it is usually identified as a separate body of water
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İskenderun
İskenderun
İskenderun
(Arabic: الإسكندرونة‎, Greek: Αλεξανδρέττα "Little Alexandria"), historically known as Alexandretta and Scanderoon[dubious – discuss], is a city and the largest district in Hatay Province
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Aleppo
Sources: Aleppo
Aleppo
city area[3] Sources: City population[4][5][6] UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage SiteOfficial name Ancient City of Aleppo


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Gaziantep Province
Gaziantep
Gaziantep
Province (Turkish: Gaziantep
Gaziantep
ili) is a province in south-central Turkey. Its capital is the city of Gaziantep, which had a population of 1.931.836 in 2015. Its neighbours are Adıyaman to the north, Şanlıurfa to the east, Syria
Syria
and Kilis to the south, Hatay to the southwest, Osmaniye to the west and Kahramanmaraş to the northwest. An important trading center since ancient times, the province is also one of Turkey's major manufacturing zones, and its agriculture is dominated by the growing of pistachio nuts. In ancient times, first under the power of Yamhad, then the Hittites and later the Assyrians controlled the region. It saw much fighting during the Crusades, and Saladin
Saladin
won a key battle there in 1183
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