The US announced Wednesday it was slapping sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (pictured) in response to the escalation of the bloody crackdown on his opponents. It is the first time such sanctions personally target the Syrian leader.
AP - The United States slapped sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and six senior Syrian officials for human rights abuses over their brutal crackdown on anti-government protests, for the first time personally penalizing the Syrian leader for actions of his security forces.
Obama cited “attacks on protesters, arrests and harassment of protesters and political activists, and repression of democratic change, overseen and executed by numerous elements of the Syrian government.”
Date created : 2011-05-18