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CSPA Implementation Tracker

Country Profiles

Monitoring U.S. government efforts to leverage arms sales and military assistance to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers
Part of the Child Soldiers Project

Syria

Country Profile
Years Listed

Each shaded box corresponds to a year the country appeared on the CSPA list and what types of waivers it received, if any.

Syria first appeared on the CSPA list in 2013 and has appeared on the list for eight consecutive years. The U.S. president has never waived CSPA prohibitions against the provision of U.S. arms sales and military assistance to Syria, resulting in the prohibition of $90 million in Peacekeeping Operations assistance from FY2014 through FY2021.

According to the U.S. State Department, Syrian government forces and affiliated militias are alleged to have used and recruited child soldiers. In 2019, the Syrian Network for Human Rights estimated that regime-affiliated forces had conscripted at least 2,150 children into local militias from March 2011 to September 2018. The government also continues to detain, arrest, and severely abuse child soldiers and other trafficking victims and, as of March 2020, had made no discernible anti-trafficking efforts.

For more information, see the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report and Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. More information on the situation in Syria can also be found in the U.N. Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict’s annual report and country-specific report on Syria. 

Total Waived and Prohibited

Since the CSPA took effect.

Syria CSPA Country Profile

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Country- and program-level data on the number and type of national interest waivers granted, as well as the amount of arms sales and military assistance waived.

Amounts and Waivers by Program

Amount Waived and Prohibited by Fiscal Year & Program

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