Damage is seen after a U.S.-led airstrike on the Political Intelligence building that used to be controlled by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Assad, but later controlled by ISIS members in Raqqa, eastern Syria November 1, 2014.
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Apart from modifications in 1947 (the creation of Pakistan) and 1948 (the creation of Israel), and the birth of the Gulf states, the core of the Islamic world has kept the same shape since the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 and the delineation of modern Iraq by Gertrude Bell in1920 .A new Levant needs to be built for the new age: yet to do that, leaders in the region will have to decide whether to write a new page of their history, or to copy from a previous chapter.Borders in the Levant have taken on a new meaning as they have in other parts of the world: borders have become less significant for a world where the global economy and technology is empowering individuals as never before in human history.The two leading countries of Islam may well have to take on responsibilities for suggesting a vision of the new Levant, within which each identity will negotiate a practical modus vivendi with its immediate neighbor, be it street neighbor, regional neighbor or tribal neighbor: neighbors of 2014 no longer of 1916 .
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