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Sanctions add to Syria’s economic crisis
Nine years of armed rebellion failed to dislodge it. But economic pressures, fuelled by new US sanctions, look the greatest threat to the Syrian government now. President Bashar al-Assad on 11 June fired his prime minister, Imad Khamis, and replaced him with water minister Hussein Arnous. The move comes in the midst of an economic crisis: the local currency has crashed and the UN estimates that the price of a basket of food and other…