Syrian Arab News Agency

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) (Arabic: الوكالة العربية السورية للأنباء (سانا) al-Wakālah al-ʿArabīyah as-Sūrīyah al-ʾAnbāʾ (SĀNĀ)) is a news agency in Syria. It is a Syrian state media organization linked to the Ministry of Information. It was established in June 1965.[2]

Syrian Arab News Agency
Type of site
News, culture, sports, economy, environment and health[1]
Available inArabic, English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, Turkish, Chinese, Russian, Persian
WebsiteSANA English (in English)
SANA Arabic (in Arabic)
SANA French (in French)
SANA Hebrew (in Hebrew)
SANA Turkish (in Turkish)
SANA Spanish (in Spanish)
SANA Chinese (in Chinese)
SANA Russian (in Russian)
SANA Persian (in Persian)
LaunchedJune 1965
Current statusActive


SANA launched its website in 1997.[3] Up until November 2012, SANA's website was hosted in Dallas, Texas by the United States company SoftLayer. Due to sanctions related to the Syrian Civil War, which make this hosting illegal, the SoftLayer company was obliged to terminate its hosting responsibilities with SANA.[4]


  • Fawaz Jundi (1965–1966)
  • Hussein al-Awdat (1966–1971)
  • Marwan al-Hamwi (1971–1975)
  • Saber Falhout (1975–1991)
  • Fayez al-Sayegh (1991–2000)
  • Ali Abdul Karim (2000–2002)
  • Ghazi al-Zeeb (2002–2004)
  • Dr. Adnan Mahmoud (2004–2011)
  • Ahmad Dawa (2011–present)


  1. About SANA
  2. Alan George (6 September 2003). Syria: Neither Bread Nor Freedom. Zed Books. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-84277-213-3. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  3. George, Alan (October 2000). "Syrian Surfers Take to the Net". The Middle East. Retrieved 2 October 2013.  via Questia (subscription required)
  4. Amy Chozick (29 November 2012). "Official Syrian Web Sites Hosted in U.S." The New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
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