Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Syria, tightening pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and his government, amid concerns the war-torn country’s population will suffer.
The sanctions target Assad’s family, Syrian government officials and third-party entities aiding the Assad government. Under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act that Congress passed in December, President Donald Trump has the power to sanction anyone in the world who conducts business with the official Syrian government.
A White House statement about the Treasury and State departments' sanctions says, “Since the 2011 start to the Syrian conflict, the Assad regime has committed innumerable atrocities against Syrians, including arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence and murder. These despicable acts have devastated the country’s people, infrastructure and economy, displacing more than half of Syria’s population.
“Today’s designations send a clear message that no individual or business should enter into business with or otherwise enrich such a vile regime.”
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