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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Syria Time Line Hafez Al assadBecomes President of Syria. 1900 1930 1970 In the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, Israel quickly vanquished the Syrian army. 1950 1980 2000 Anglo-French pact of 1916 put Syria in the French zone of influence. In 1930, France recognized Syria as an independent republic. 1939, the French high commissioner suspended the Syrian constitution. In 1941, British and Free French forces invaded Syria to eliminate Vichy control. 1945, nationalist demonstrations broke into actual fighting, and British troops had to restore order. In 1958, Egypt and Syria form the United Arab Republic, with Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt as president Syria became independent again on Sept. 29, 1961 In 1990, President Assad ruled out any possibility of legalizing opposition political parties. Dec. 1991 voters approved a fourth term for Assad, giving him 99.98% of the vote June 10, 2000, Hafez al-Assad diedBashar al AssadBecomes president. 1982 invasion of Lebanon In Sept. 2004, a UN Security Council resolution asked Syria to withdraw its 15,000 remaining troops from Lebanon. Feb. 14, 2004, Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated. Many implicated Syria 2010 Israeli jets fired on targets deep inside Syria in September 2007. September 2008 powerful bomb,made of more than 400 pounds of explosives, exploded in Damascus killed 16. anti-government protest movement swept throughMiddle East in early 2011 also engulfed Syria. Obama issued a statement demanding that Assad resign and increased sanctions against Syria, and banned U.S. citizens and companies from doing business with the Syrian government. Feb. 6, 2012, U.S. government closed its embassy and withdrew personnel from Syria July 18, bomb went off at a meeting of senior ministers and security officials at the country's national security headquarters in Damascus, killing the defense minister and Assad's brother-in-law, a powerful member of the government. July 16 2012 Syria enters civil war by February 2013, about 70,000 peopleare dead.
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