HIstoric Aleppo in Syria.

Syria

A country of fertile plains, mountain ranges and deserts, Syria is home to many diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Alawite Shias and Druze, as well as the Arab Sunnis who make up a majority of the Muslim population.

Modern Syria gained its independence from France in 1946 but has lived through periods of political instability due largely to the conflicting interests of the various groups. 

Maps of Syria
from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/syria.html

Syria Daily 
from the World News Network
http://www.syriadaily.com/