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08-07-2020

The value of a single shipment of Captagon pills from Syria recently seized by Italian customs authorities represents more than the country’s total annual exports of goods. The Italians have pulled back from their initial claim that ISIS was behind the shipment.

01-07-2020

Government forces, including some affiliated with Iran, have taken positions in civilian houses in the Yarmouk Basin area, preventing some residents from returning to their villages years after Islamic State-aligned fighters were defeated. The area is in the western countryside of the Daraa governorate and is of strategic importance because it is located along the Israeli border.

10-06-2020

The government has signed two contracts for large investments in the tourism sector reminiscent of similar projects from the pre-2011 era. However, the significant deterioration of the business environment since that time raises doubts about their feasibility.

27-04-2020

This article is an updated and expanded factsheet on the economic and business relations between Syria and Russia as of April 2020.

22-04-2020

In an article published last week we attributed attacks on Syrian gas fields in the centre of the country to the Islamic State.

15-04-2020

Updated on April 22, 2020: The original version of this article attributed attacks on Syrian gas fields to the Islamic State. We have since received contradictory information and have removed any reference to the identity of the perpetrators of these attack and edited the text accordingly.

06-04-2020
A 2,300-word factsheet on the Syrian activities of Stroytransgaz, the Russian company that has become the symbol of Moscow’s economic influence in the country.

15-01-2020

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly issued laws ratifying three contracts granting the Katerji brothers a strategic role in Syria’s oil distribution sector.

30-10-2019

The decision by the U.S administration to keep hold of Syrian oil fields postpones any hope by the government to benefit from this resource in the short-term.

16-10-2019

This factsheet originally aimed at providing an overview of the economic situation in North-East Syria under the control of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES). The events of the past few days, however, have changed facts on the ground before we could complete our work on this article.

18-09-2019

The reopening of a border crossing with Iraq is likely to be delayed again despite an acceleration of the preparations by the Syrian government.

11-09-2019

A new gas well in the Arak field located east of Palmyra started production on September 5, according to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.