US sanctions Bashar Al-Assad and wife in new “Caesar Act”

Bashar Al-Assad,
The United States imposed a sanction on Bashar Al-Assad, his wife Asma and dozens of other people.

On Wednesday, The United States imposed a sanction on Bashar Al-Assad, his wife Asma and dozens of other people. The sanction came as a part of a new law, Caesar Act, that will target and punish any company that works with Syria’s President, Bashar Al-Asad.

Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State said, “We anticipate many more sanctions and we will not stop until Assad and his regime stop their needless, brutal war against the Syrian people.” Also Read- Violent protests in Lebanon over plummeting currency

Pompeo said the sanctions are, “the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure to deny the Assad regime revenue and support it uses to wage war and commit mass atrocities against the Syrian people.”

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This is the first time Bashar Al-Asad’s wife has been targeted in sanctions by the US. The new act targets 39 people or entities including Al-Asad and his wife. Under the Caesar Act, any assets owned by sanctioned people or entities in The United States will be frozen. 

In his statement, Pompeo said Bashar Al-Asad’s wife, “has become one of Syria’s most notorious war profiteers.”

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Bashar Al-Asad’s wife Asma poses for a picture that was posted on the Syrian presidency’s Facebook page in 2019

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Additionally, in a tweet on Monday morning, Secretary Pompeo said, “Today we begin a sustained campaign of sanctions against the Assad regime under the Caesar Act, which authorizes severe economic sanctions to hold the Assad regime and its foreign enablers accountable for their brutal acts against the Syrian people.”

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