Subjects – Syria Report



To further cement its governance, the Syrian Salvation Government, the political arm of the Islamist Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, has begun issuing compulsory identification cards for residents in areas under its control. The cards are required to receive essential services and to conduct any transaction.  
On October 11, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network levied the largest-ever penalty against a cryptocurrency exchange company for violating several sanctions programmes, including that of Syria. The action raises concerns about the growing use of virtual currency among sanctioned groups and individuals who seek to bypass sanctions and finance illegal operations, especially in Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham territories, where two cryptocurrency companies exist. 
Turkey recently sent a delegation of Syrian and Arab businessmen and experts to North Syria to visit several development projects, explore potential investment opportunities, and attend a conference organised by the Turkish-backed Syrian Interim Government. Meanwhile, local media has shed light on several large-scale real estate projects recently inaugurated in Idlib in areas under the control of the Syrian Salvation Government, the political arm of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham. 



The University of Idlib is the first university established by the Syrian Salvation Government (SSG), the political body of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).
Namaa Investments is a company based in Idlib and affiliated with Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, which governs most of the Idlib governorate.