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US Announces Fresh Sanctions on Syria’s Assad

The United States on Wednesday announced new sanctions on President of the Syrian regime Bashar al-Assad, as well as his wife alongside tens of other individuals, for human rights abuses.

The US State Department and Treasury Department revealed that they had targeted 39 individuals, including Assad, his wife Asma, members of their extended family, military leaders, and business executives.

“We anticipate many more sanctions and we will not stop until Assad and his regime stop their needless, brutal war against the Syrian people and the Syrian government agrees to a political solution to the conflict,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

In a separate press release, the Treasury Department noted that it had imposed penalties for 24 individuals, companies, and government agencies that support the “corrupt reconstruction efforts” of Assad. Source