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As the flows of the Euphrates River decline, water levels at the Bassel Al-Assad Dam on the Khabour River have enabled the irrigation of large areas for the first time in two decades. When it was initiated, the dam was supposed to be among the most important in the Middle East.


The Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria (AANES) has announced a sharp increase in the salaries of its employees to help them face the impact of rising inflation.


Competition to buy wheat from local farmers between the Kurdish-controlled administration of northeast Syria and the central government has accelerated, with the latter almost doubling its procurement price.


The rise of Rami Makhlouf as Syria’s most prominent businessman coincided with the ascent to power of Bashar Al-Assad in 2000. Given his long history of influence within the ruling elite, Mr Makhlouf’s recent side-lining raises many questions about the potential implications of his fall from grace.


The opposition-affiliated trust fund financing projects in areas outside government control announced that it was stepping up its efforts to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus in northern Syria as well as moving ahead with various development projects east of the Euphrates.

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.


Turkey is expanding its use of electricity supplies as a means of extending its influence in Syria’s northern areas.


The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russia 24 TV Channel on March 05, 2020


The European Union sanctioned on February 17 several Syrian companies and individuals, including business figures from before the uprising or who emerged during the conflict and are active in sectors such as real estate and oil trading.


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).


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.


Al-Furat Petroleum Company, once Syria’s largest oil company, has announced the rehabilitation of new wells west of the Euphrates River.


The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Italian TV channel Rai News 24 on December 09, 2019.

The transcript is by state news agency, SANA.


Following the government’s decision to increase the pay of state employees, the Kurdish-led authority in northeastern Syria has announced a similar measure.

The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by French Paris Match magazine on November 28, 2019.

The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russia 24 and Rossiya Sevodnya.