Washington says sanctions on Hafez al Assad, teenage son of regime leader Bashar al Assad, and 14 others are part of efforts to block funds for war-torn country's regime.
Regime leader Bashar al Assad's party and allies take 177 seats out of 250 in the third such elections since the start of the war nine years ago.
The new US sanctions on Damascus are bad news for the UAE, but it could be a double-edged sword for the US.
Cutting Bashar al Assad's lifelines breathes new life into the struggle to unseat the dictator accused of war crimes.
Washington's Syria envoy James Jeffrey delivered its most scathing remarks on the UAE’s cosying up to the Assad regime, clarifying Abu Dhabi would not be exempt from financial measures outlined in the Syria Caesar Act.
While US sanctions don't translate to accountability, it will draw blood from the Syrian regime.
A trove of tens of thousands of pictures released by a Syrian regime defector named ‘Caesar’ revealed the extent of torture and extrajudicial killing in the regime’s prisons. Now the US is targeting those responsible for the abuses with sanctions.
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.
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