It’s March 2011, and you are in the ancient city of Dara’a in southern Syria near the Jordanian border. This city has seen its fair share of turmoil through the ages. The ancient Egyptians conquered the region around 1450 BC as their empire spread across the Middle East. The Babylonians came, followed by Alexander the Great and the Greeks, who in their turn gave way to the Romans and then the Arabs. In the Middle Ages, Crusaders swept down from Europe before finally being beaten back to give way to the Ottoman Empire. Both of the twentieth Century’s wars raged around the city and now in 2011, conflict stalks its ancient streets again.


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  • Ian Watson
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  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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