(AP) WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Friday expanded sanctions against top members of Syrian President Bashar Assad's military and security apparatus, targeting his defense minister and two other senior officials.
The Treasury Department
placed the Syrian defense minister Dawood Rajiha, army deputy chief of staff Munir Adanov and the head of Assad's presidential security unit Zuhayr Shalish on a blacklist that freezes any assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions. It also bars Americans from doing business with the three men.
"The U.S. and the international community will hold to account those who stand with the Assad regime as it trains the instruments of war against Syrian civilians," Under Secretary of the Treasury David Cohen said in a statement. "The time has long since passed for Syrian officials at all levels to turn their backs on this bloody regime."
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