Tuesday’s World News #1 – Syria

Daily News Article - October 24, 2017


1. For Syria, give the following information:

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. the chief of state (and head of government if different) If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? – include name of heir apparent for monarch
  6. the population

Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the “Geography” “People” and “Government” headings.

NOTE: Before answering the questions below, read the info under “Background” and watch the video under “Resources.”

2. For SYRIA:
a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What percent of Raqqa was destroyed by the ISIS occupation?
c) When will city residents be able to return home?
d) The fall of Raqqa marks a major defeat for ISIS. Read the “Background” below. Do you think the news of European countries’ view of their citizens who joined ISIS in Syria would deter Muslims from being “radicalized” or joining terrorist groups like ISIS? Explain your answer.