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Syria Battles Serious Economic Woes as Well as Rebellion

Economic strain is draining Syria and the beleaguered government of President Bashar al-Assad is stretching for any cash it can generate, from raising taxes on imported goods to doubling fees for the renewal of passports. To tide things over, Damascus is close to finalizing a second billion dollar credit line with ally Iran. The four-year-long civil war coupled with the international economic sanctions on Iran and Russia, reducing what aid they can give, has battered the economy. Field...

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