WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has targeted the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by imposing new sanctions.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the sanctions Wednesday along with baseless allegations against the government in Damascus.
“Thus far, Assad’s foreign enablers have only emboldened his regime’s cronies and deepened their involvement in the exploitative financial and military apparatus that underpins the regime’s survival,” the former CIA chief claimed in a statement. “There is a clear path forward. The Syrian people have suffered enough.”
The 17 sanctions reportedly target the current head of the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate, Husam Muhammad Louka, the head of the Central Bank of Syria, Hazem Younes Kafroul, parts of the Syrian Army, and some families.