FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011
|Ancient noria (water wheel) in Hama on the|
|Hama, note the camel|
caravan at the bottom of
|Homs, circa 1900|
|Homs, Khalid ibn Al-Walid Mosque|
Hama was the site of the infamous Hama massacre in 1982 where an estimated 34,000 Syrians were killed by forces commanded by President Hafez Assad and his brother Rifaat -- the brother and uncle of today's leader of Syria, Bashar Assad.