Dozens of US sanctions, including Assad's wife, justify Syria's new campaign



The US on Wednesday banned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife and dozens of others. Massive pressure has been promoted under the new law, which has already damaged the nation's economy in a war-torn country.


"We still have many sanctions and we will not stop until Assad and his regime stop a brutal and brutal war on the Syrian people," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

He said the sanctions were "continuing propaganda of economic and political pressure to support the Assad regime's use of income and the use of mass violence and war against the Syrian people."

Pompeo has announced that it will enforce Caesar's law to punish any company that works with Assad and has already triggered a devaluation of the Syrian currency.

The first batch of designations targeted 39 individuals or organizations, including Assad and his wife Asma - individually - who were targeted by US sanctions.

Under the law, any property in the United States is frozen. The US has imposed sanctions since President Assad began repressing the coup in 2011.

Born in the UK to a cardiologist father and diplomatic mother, Asma al-Assad is a former investment banker who describes himself as a progressive reformer and a modern face of Assad.

But Pompeo alleged in his statement that Asma al-Assad, with the cooperation of her husband and her own Akharas family, has become "one of Syria's most notorious war profiteers."

The impact has been felt in Syria

Others mentioned under the Caesar law include Mohammed Hansho, one of the top businessmen in Syria, and the Iran-led Fatamians, an Afghan Shia Muslim recruited to promote Assad.

With the backing of Russia and Iran, Assad managed to regain almost all Syria except the Idlib region after the war, which claimed more than 3,80,000 lives.

The Caesar Act, which was approved by the U.S. Congress with bipartisan support last year, seeks to prevent Assad's generalization without accountability for human rights violations.

It punishes any company that deals with Assad in the United States and prevents rebuilding aid from Washington.

Syria's central bank cut the pound on Wednesday after ignoring a week-long currency in the black market.

Pompeo said the aim was to force Assad to adopt a 2015 Security Council resolution 2254 that calls for ceasefire, elections and political change in Syria.

A process run by the United Nations created no edge, and Assad launched a major offensive last year to withdraw Idlib, backed by the Russian Air Force.

Pompeo says the United States is running a pressure campaign "in full cooperation with other like-minded countries."

The French court on Wednesday convicted Bashar al-Assad's uncle in a case of money laundering and embezzlement of government money.

The Caesar Act is named after a former Syrian military photographer who fled a major personal accident in 2014 with 55,000 images of Assad's brutality in prisons.

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