SDF News

Syria’s oil and gas sector has suffered indirect and direct losses totalling USD 107.10 billion from the start of the uprising in 2011 until mid-2022, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Petroleum provided a breakdown of oil and gas production during the first half of the year
President Bashar Al-Assad and his family made their first visit to the Aleppo governorate since the beginning of the 2011 conflict. They met with several economic, social, and religious figures, participated in social engagements, and visited various infrastructural projects, including the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant, which Iran's MAPNA Group recently rehabilitated.
For nearly a month, the Fourth Division of the Syrian Army and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria (AANES) have imposed mutual sieges on one another, further impacting the economic situation in these areas.
The following is an interview conducted by The Syria Report with John Bell, the managing director of Gulfsands Petroleum, a London-based oil and gas company that is the operator and joint-owner of Block 26 in northeast Syria. Among other things, this interview sheds light on sanctions, the potential production and revenues of Block 26, and illegal production by SDF and its affiliated oil companies. It also reveals how early recovery has become an increasingly prevalent framework through which companies and organisations re-frame their activities in Syria in an effort to be exempted from sanctions.
Last month, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) lost its main gateway to the outside world and a crucial financial lifeline after the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) suddenly closed two border crossings that link Northeast Syria to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Consequently, all trade, including that of oil, has been suspended, as well as cross-border movements for all actors, including NGOs.
The Syrian government has reportedly reached a new agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces to increase the number of trucks carrying crude oil from Northeast Syria to government-controlled areas, as well as those carrying refined fuel in the other direction to areas administered by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.

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.


The Syrian Grain Establishment (SGE) has invited grain traders to bid for the supply of 200,000 tons of soft milling wheat sourced from Russia.


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.