Treasury adds sanctions against Syrian officials


Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij is also being charged with being partly responsible for human-rights abuses conducted during his 10 months in the post.

The Treasury Department claims that Syrian Arab Airlines was used by Iran to transport weapons and ammunition to the Syrian government, and it alleges that the satellite channel Al-Dunya Television helped government intelligence agents to arrest opposition figures and broadcasted forced confessions from regime opponents.

“Treasury will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to expose and disrupt the financial networks of those responsible for the Syrian government’s egregious campaign to suppress its people,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen in a statement.

“We are determined to target activity contributing to the abhorrent humanitarian situation in Syria – whether by overseeing the Assad government’s indiscriminate killing of civilians, shipping weapons to the Syrian government, abusing positions of trust to supply intelligence to the regime, or disseminating the regime’s propaganda.”