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Syria's once-promising economy has been set back more than 30 years by its brutal civil war, economists say, and it may never recover.Squeezed by sanctions and the fallout of the nearly 4-year-old conflict, the government faces dwindling revenues and is increasingly dependent on aid from key allies Iran and Russia. Before the conflict began, Syria had a higher gross domestic product than countries like Tunisia and Jordan, and it ranked favorably on human development indicators including health and education.However, with the brutal violence that followed a crackdown on anti-government protests, regional investors fled, key infrastructure has been destroyed and the economy has withered.The measures have had a knock-on effect too, prompting companies to avoid work in Syria for fear of reputational damage, said Jihad Yazigi, editor-in-chief of economic news site The Syria Report.Yazigi said he forecast a short-term "continuous, gradual decline" in the economy, but said the government would remain afloat and pay salaries with help from allies.
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