Oct 01, 2020 08:28 UTC
  • US imposes new sanctions on Syria, targeting Assad government

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 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.

"The Ibrahim family, led by Yasser Ibrahim, acts as a front for Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al Akhras," claimed the hawkish war hawk. " While millions of Syrians face hunger, the Ibrahims are on a spending spree to expand Assad’s and Akhras’s personal stranglehold on the Syrian economy."

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also threatened Damascus with more sanctions.