By Fadwa al-Hatem
The beginning of the end for the First World War came not on the killing fields of Europe but with the conquest of Damascus. TE Lawrence, the young British officer who was a pivotal figure in the first Arab revolt, recognised the importance of Damascus to the Turks. He believed that capturing this historic city would lead to the collapse of the Ottoman empire, and eventually the defeat of the Central Powers.
- Fadwa al-Hatem is the pen-name of a Syrian citizen who currently lives in Britain