Government-controlled crude output in Syria is down again, leaving the Asad government more reliant on key benefactor Iran. Following Russia’s intervention in the country’s conflict it is now pushing for a negotiated solution.

Syrian oil production from government-controlled areas fell to a mere 9,200 b/d for the third quarter this year, just 2% of the 387,000 b/d the country was producing before the country’s civil war broke out in 2011. (CONTINUED - 976 WORDS)