SYRIA: U.S. expands Caesar’s Law sanctions to 17 more individuals and entities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated via Twitter that, “The U.S. has imposed sanctions on 17 of the Syrian regime’s military and government figures, corrupt businessmen and companies investing in the Syrian conflict.”

“Their actions prolong the suffering of the Syrian people unnecessarily,” Pompeo added, noting that “UN Security Council Resolution 2254 is the only way forward.”

The list of sanctions, according to the U.S. Treasury Department’s website, included businessman Khidir Taher, and Nisreen Hussein Ibrahim and Rana Hussein Ibrahim, the two daughters of the former Director General of the Remote Sensing Authority in Syria who have ownership in the TeleInvest Company.

Command er of the Syrian Special Forces Milad Jadeed and Governor of the Central Bank of Syria Hazem Younus Garfoul were also added to the sanctions list.

The commercial entities added to the list include Emma Tel LLC, Ella Media Services LLC, Syrian Hotel Management LLC, and Al-Qalaa Protection, Guarding, and Services.

Furthermore, sanctions have also been imposed on the Syrian Ministry of Tourism and the Syrian Transport and Tourism Company, which is officially affiliated with the Ministry.

On 20 August, the U.S. imposed new sanctions against the Syrian regime, including leaders in the Baath party and officers in the Syrian Arab Army, in addition to retired military leaders who had a role in committing crimes.

The latest expansion of the Caesar’s Law sanctions is the fourth such addition to the list of sanctioned Syrian individuals and entities.

The first package included 39 individuals and entities in Syria, including the President of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, and his wife Asmaa al-Assad.

The second package, imposed on 29 July, included Hafez al-Assad, son of Bashar al-Assad, Zuhair Tawfiq al-Assad and his son Karam al-Assad, in addition to the First Division of the Syrian Arab Army.

The Caesar’s Law sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress stipulates the freezing of reconstruction aid to regime-held areas and the imposition sanctions on the Syrian regime and companies cooperating with it unless the perpetrators of the violations are prosecuted.

Any foreign entity or individual assisting the Syrian regime is also subject to the sanctions.