Political map of South & Southwest Asia 24 August 1925 (Great Syrian Revolt): The French rule in Syria (French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon) which followed the 1920 destruction of the Arab Kingdom was resented by much of the local population. In 1925 the French imprisoned a delegation from southern Syria who were protesting the poor treatment of the Druze by French authorities. This triggered a Druze revolt, which defeated several French attacks, leading to rebellion and unrest across much of Syria and Lebanon (Great Syrian Revolt). Eventually the French brought in more forces and suppressed the revolt, but anti-French discontent in Syria would continue until its independence.