The 80th anniversary of usurping Liwa Iskenderun from its homeland Syria by Turkey comes today to remind the Syrians of the black history of Turkey which annexes the region arbitrary.
The anniversary comes at a time while the Syrians write the last chapter of their victory on terrorism which is supported by the Turkish regime and western colonialism.
Turkey captured the Liwa as a bribe according to a tripartite agreement with the French-British occupation during the World war II.
France and Britain agreed to give that strategic land as a bribe to Turkey in return for the latter to support the Allies in the World War II, an issue which Turkey tries to do nowadays through backing the armed terrorist organizations.
The Liwa is located on the north-west part of Syria and overlooks the Mediterranean with 4800 KM area.
The Liwa came under the French occupation after the Sykes-Picot treaty signed secretly between France and Britain in 1916.
In 1936, mass 40- days protests erupted all over Syria against France demanding independence when the latter yielded and signed an agreement on September 9th with Syria recognizing its freedom, independence including the Liwa.
On September 1, 1939 Turkey exploited the outbreak of the World War II and the Coalition’s need to join Turkey to them or keeping it neutral, particularly after the treaty of Montero 1939, it dominated the straits in the time of war, announcing the annexation of the Liwa.
The names of cities, mountains and plains in the Liwa still bear the spirit of the region and its history, they speak through the identity of the land, as Antakya, Iskenderun and al-Swiediya are names which reflect the Arabism of the cities.
Iskenderun and Antakya are considered as main cities of the Liwa.
Today, the Turkish aggression repeats itself through Erdogan regime who has perpetrated a number of massacres against the Syrians in the countryside of Aleppo, Hasaka and Raqqa that claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians.
The Liwa is still everlasting in the memory and hearts of the Syrians as an occupied Arab land which will return to its motherland, Syria.