Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma pictured in February 26, 2012. File photo: EPA Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma pictured in February 26, 2012. File photo: EPA
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma pictured in February 26, 2012. File photo: EPA

US hits Syria’s elite with new sanctions to pressure Bashar al-Assad to end civil war

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it’s the first move in ‘what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure’
  • The new penalties are part of the Caesar Act, which targets anyone trying to do business in Syria that would bring benefits to the government

Topic |   Syrian conflict
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma pictured in February 26, 2012. File photo: EPA Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma pictured in February 26, 2012. File photo: EPA
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma pictured in February 26, 2012. File photo: EPA
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