Rami Makhlouf's estrangement with regime leader Bashar al Assad first came to the open on April 30 when he denounced taxes imposed on Syriatel, which the Makhlouf family controls.
Recently, the US suggested that Assad does not necessarily have to go. Nonetheless, experts say it is still too early to ascertain whether the West's attitude towards the regime has changed.
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.
The interim government and local councils announced the decision amid the Syrian Pound’s freefall as economic conditions worsened.
Protests erupted in Suweida over deteriorating living standards, as Assad struggles to keep the economy afloat.
The country's economy is disintegrating but if Bashar al Assad wants to fix it, he risks losing his grip over power.
Iran has a longterm ideological and military aim that doesn't require the Syrian regime to reform, or redeem itself.
Rami Makhlouf, the head of Syria's largest mobile operator Syriatel, has been grappling with authorities over demands that the firm pay $185 million.
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.
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