Syria articles

  • Syria conflict: Who benefits from its oil?

    The US is at the centre of an international row over claims to a slice of Syria's oil revenues.

  • The Madcap Scheme to Take Syria's Oil

    A retired Army intelligence officer, a successful Kurdish-American businessman, a former Syrian diplomat, and an eccentric entrepreneur from New Jersey met in January over food and drinks to discuss a vexing problem: what to do with Syria's oil.

    U.S. troops were guarding the largest oil field in eastern Syria, and in February 2018 they had fought a bloody battle with Russian mercenaries to keep it. But under U.S. sanctions law, no American could invest in or trade Syrian oil, leaving the black...

  • No more orphans expected to be returned to UK from Syria

    Home Office unhappy with Foreign Office for potentially opening door to more Isis returnees

    No other British children are expected to be repatriated from Syria in the foreseeable future, despite the announcement from the foreign secretary on Thursday that a small number of orphans who had been caught up in the conflict with Islamic State had been brought home.

    Home Office officials view the repatriation of the children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as highly exceptional – and there is...