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An aromatic Turkish tobacco.

[Short for Latakia (tobacco), after Latakia, Syrian seaport.]


(ˌlætəˈkiːə) or


(Placename) the chief port of Syria, in the northwest: tobacco industry. Pop: 486 000 (2005 est). Latin name: Laodicea ad Mare


(ˌlæt əˈki ə)

1. Ancient, Laodicea. a seaport in NW Syria, on the Mediterranean. 196,791.
2. a coastal district in Syria, in the W part. 554,384.
3. a variety of Turkish tobacco.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.latakia - aromatic Turkish tobacco
Turkish tobacco - a dark aromatic tobacco of eastern Europe that is used in cigarettes
2.Latakia - a seaport on the western coast of Syria
Syria, Syrian Arab Republic - an Asian republic in the Middle East at the east end of the Mediterranean; site of some of the world's most ancient centers of civilization
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There, on a table, surrounded at some distance by a large and luxurious divan, every species of tobacco known, -- from the yellow tobacco of Petersburg to the black of Sinai, and so on along the scale from Maryland and Porto-Rico, to Latakia, -- was exposed in pots of crackled earthenware of which the Dutch are so fond; beside them, in boxes of fragrant wood, were ranged, according to their size and quality, pueros, regalias, havanas, and manillas; and, in an open cabinet, a collection of German pipes, of chibouques, with their amber mouth-pieces ornamented with coral, and of narghiles, with their long tubes of morocco, awaiting the caprice or the sympathy of the smokers.
Summary: Idlib [Syria], Jan 23 (ANI): The armed opposition of Syria has launched an operation against President Bashar al-Assad regime-controlled areas around Turkmen Mountain in Latakia governorate.
The attack coincided with an intensive rocket assault by opposition factions on strongholds of the Syrian regime in mountains north of Latakia, a key port city.
The deal stipulates that the Russian air force group will be deployed at the request of the Syrian side at the Hmeymim airfield in the Latakia province indefinitely and on a pro bono basis.
On Monday, militants launched a fierce attack against Syrian government forces in Latakia province, which lies on the Mediterranean coast, and engaged in fierce clashes with the army in Hama, while there were heavy government air strikes in Homs province to the South.
Fighting has escalated in the last two days in the northwestern province of Latakia, where Free Syrian Army groups backed by Assad's foreign enemies operate close to the Nusra Front and other jihadists.
Russia carries out its airstrikes from an air base in Syria's Latakia province, and area where the regime still holds considerable power.
Russian-guided missile cruiser Moskva, equipped with the "Fort" air defense system, similar to the S-300, was deployed off Latakia province's coast in late November after Turkey shot down a Russian bomber jet.
Firas (not his real name) has family around the city of Latakia, a stronghold of President Assad.
Looking at Bellingcat's report and images of the Bassel al-Assad airbase at Latakia, we can discern that Moscow has deployed at least 12 fighter-bombers (SU-25 Frogfoot).
15 (Petra)-- Russia has moved a steady stream of troops and equipment into Syria which suggested that Moscow plans to establish an air base in Latakia city", the Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said Monday.
The killing sparked mass protests in Latakia, where more than 1,000 people took to the streets calling for his execution.