The first batch of designations target 39 people or entities, including Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad personally as well as his wife Asma — the first time she has been targeted by US sanctions.
Sunni majority Syria was carved out of Ottoman Turkey in 1945, but since 1970, the Assad clan from an Alawite minority has ruled over it.
Experts say Syria's economic woes could weaken Bashar al Assad's military stranglehold over the country.
Protests erupted in Suweida over deteriorating living standards, as Assad struggles to keep the economy afloat.
Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh says Syria should pay Iran for what it has spent on the country’s war.
The Syrian dictator and the Libyan warlord have been accused of tacitly working together to amass fortunes from illegal drug trafficking, exploiting civil war conditions of both Libya and Syria.
Bashar al Assad's Syria appears to be at odds with Russia on several fronts as Moscow’s financial troubles swell.
Faultlines have emerged between the Syrian regime's allies Moscow and Tehran as their economic interests have begun to clash in the region. Can Assad maintain ties with both sides while accumulating a massive war debt?
Propaganda distilled through western journalists mars the flow of information out of Syria, and helps the Assad regime escape accountability for its widely documented crimes.
Trump and Putin spoke by telephone for about an hour, covering topics including Syria, Ukraine, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.
The 2,000 Syrian pound banknote featuring regime leader Bashar al Assad's portrait has been in circulation for two months across the country, but the move has been met with controversy by Syrians who are not comfortable using it.
Orouba Barakat and her daughter Halla were murdered in their Istanbul flat, in what their family and opposition activists believe was a killing ordered by the Syrian regime.
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