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Aleppo, Syria’s second city, is located along the Western urban corridor, and is close to the Turkish border.


Damascus, Syria’s capital, is located toward the Southern end of the Western urban corridor, and is located relatively close to the Jordanian (to the South) and Lebanese (to the West) borders.


Dara’a is located just south of Damascus, at the very bottom of the Western urban corridor; the city sits right along the Jordanian border.

Deir az-Zour

Deir az-Zour is located at the Eastern limits of the Euphrates river, just before it enters Iraq.


Hama is located in the middle of the Western urban corridor, just north of Homs, south of Idlib, and inland from the Tartus and Latakia governorates.


Homs is the first major city north of the capital, along the Western urban corridor. The governorate of Homs includes much of the vast desert region of Syira’s little-mentioned Southeast, but carries strategic importance as a significant Lebanese border area, and half-way point between Damascus and Aleppo.


Idlib is located to the south and west of Aleppo, and to the east of Latakia. The city itself is located in the northern half of the governorate of Idlib, which connects the Hama and Aleppo governorates.


Latakia, an Alawite stronghold and important port city, plays capital to the northern half of Syria’s coastal region (Tartus a generally quiet and loyalist governorate, accounts for the southern half), located to the west of Idlib and Hama governorates.


Raqqa governorate covers the area between Hasaka and Aleppo governorates, and the city of Raqqa is located along the Euphrates between Aleppo and Deir az-Zour. The has been controlled for quite some time by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS).


Hasaka is located in the far Northeastern region of Syria, north of Deir az-Zour and far east of Aleppo. The Hasaka city page is temporarily offline while the January-March slides are updated for greater levels of detail. In addition to increasing the number of distinct neighborhoods and zones within the Hasaka city graphic from four to 22, the new-old slides will retroactively correct some undue credit of ‘control’ to ISIL throughout the city’s neighborhoods.