Ras Al-Ayn (8)


The opening of a new border crossing in Ras Al-Ayn dedicated to commercial trade has raised tensions among the various forces competing to control it.


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 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.


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


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.