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Syria voices condemnation of Armenian Genocide, likens it to terrorist crimes nowadays

Previously published (23/3/15) on SANA.

23 April? 2015

Yerevan, SANA – Syria expressed on Thursday at a global forum its condemnation of the genocide which the Ottoman Turks committed against the Armenian people in 1915.

The global forum "Against the Crime of Genocide" was held in the Armenian capital Yerevan commemorating the Centennial of the well-known genocide, which is marked on April 24 every year.

Delivering Syria's speech, Speaker of the People's Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham said history will not forgive those "who didn't learn the lessons of wars on other peoples."

See also: Hockey abandons plans to speak at Armenian "genocide" centenary ceremony as Tony Abbott prepares to attend ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli | The Australian (24/4/15), Syria recognizes the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire, Parliament Speaker says | Public Radio of Armenia (24/4/15), Millions worldwide mark 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide (PHOTO, VIDEO) | RT (25/4/15), Armenia, Turkey still at odds a century after 1915 massacre | RT (22/4/15) and other articles about the Armenian Genocide.

A dramatisation the Christmas Truce of 1914

View embedded video below, or watch it on YouTube.

On Boxing Day, 26 December, following the sentimentally romanticised Christmas Truce of 1914, the killing resumed and continued until 11 November 1918.

The video, embedded below, being of 59 minutes and 20 seconds in length, unlike a shorter video of length 7 minutes and 20 seconds, may attempt to answer the questions posed in Christmas 1914: the killing stops, 11 November 1918: millions more dead?!. Visitors' comments welcome.

My grandfather and the Light Horse

Edward Cranswick reflects upon the significance of his grandfather's death at Beersheeba on 31 October 1917 where Australian soldiers on horseback charged Turkish positions in the struggle for oil which was to ironically destroy the culture of the horse in the 20th century.

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