Lynn and I first visited Syria in 2009 along with friends from Turkey: Selim and Nadire. We were warmly welcomed, thanked for visiting, and encouraged to invite other Americans to come and see the country.
Some facts: Roughly 23 million inhabitants of Syria are an overall indigenous Levantine people. While modern-day Syrians are commonly described as Arabs by virtue of their modern-day language and bonds to Arab culture and history
Arabic speakers make up 85% of the population (this includes some 500,000 Palestinians). Many educated Syrians also speak English and French. The Kurds, a majority of whom speak Kurdish, make up 9% of the population and live mostly in the northeast corner of Syria, as well in pockets all along the northern borders of Syria with Turkey.
Before The Conflict
After The Conflict