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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decision this month to open two university-affiliated medical institutions in opposition-held parts of Syria, provoking Damascus to accuse Ankara of carrying out “Turkification” in the country’s north.


Kurdish-dominated authorities in northeastern Syria saw their revenues decline by nearly a fifth in 2020, according to fiscal data published by an independent centre in northeastern Syria drawing on the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria’s (AANES) 2020 annual report.


Turkey has opened a third branch of its Post and Telegraph Organisation (PTT) in Tal Abyad near the Turkish border, in a further expansion of Ankara’s economic influence in northern parts of Syria outside regime control.


A new factory to produce vegetable oil and soap has been set up in Hassakeh province under the control of Kurdish-dominated authorities, according to local media reports, some of which have linked the project to a war profiteer who has grown increasingly prominent throughout the conflict.


Fighting broke out on 10 December between opposition factions in the Jandares district of Afrin in northern Aleppo governorate due to a dispute over a house located in the town.


The Syrian National Army, which is affiliated with the opposition Syrian Interim Government, issued a decree in mid-October banning its armed factions from imposing taxes on fruit-bearing trees in the border areas that were captured in Turkish military operations, including the Afrin area northwest of Aleppo city.


The collapse of the Syrian currency is accelerating the transition to the Turkish lira in northern parts of the country, integrating them more deeply into the Turkish economy and away from the rest of the country.


An article published in a Kurdish media outlet has disclosed some rare data on the budget of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).


Turkey’s Post and Telegraph Organisation (PTT) has opened two mobile branches in Tal Abyad and Ras Al-Ayn, the sixth and seventh it has opened in parts of northern Syria controlled by its proxies.


Syria’s northern areas under Turkish control are planning to expand the use of the Turkish lira in place of the Syrian pound, a move that will entrench Ankara’s control and integrate these areas with the Turkish economy while limiting losses linked to the depreciation of the Syrian pound.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Syrian state TV on October 31, 2019.


A selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria including a special section this week on Trump's Golan decision.


New decisions in the northern Aleppo countryside confirm that the region is being increasingly linked to Turkey.


Turkey has reopened to its truck drivers a key border crossing with Syria, raising tensions and protests from their Syrian counterparts.


The value and flows of trade between Syria and Turkey remained unchanged last year, according to Turkish official statistics.


Syria’s production of olive oil, a key product in large parts of the country, declined by some 20 percent last year, according to a government official.


Turkey has inaugurated a new border crossing with the area of Afrin, increasing to five the number of open crossings between the two countries.