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Korean Peninsula

Korean Peninsula

Korean Peninsula

An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. In 1910, Tokyo formally annexed the entire Peninsula. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the United States in 1945. After World War II, a democratic-based government (Republic of Korea, ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a communist-style government was installed in the north (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK).  Read More

Syria

Syria

Syria

Syria, located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey; it also borders Jordan and Iraq. The climate is mostly desert, with hot, dry summers and mild rainy winters along the coast. Cold weather periodically hits Damascus, to include snow and sleet.  Read More

Iraq

Iraq: Country Profile

Iraq: Country Profile

Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was Saddam Husayn.  Read More