Obama Imposes Sanctions on Syrian Leader, 6 Aides

(Washington Post) Joby Warrick and Liz Sly - The Obama administration ramped up the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday with economic sanctions that targeted his personal finances and linked him explicitly to human rights abuses in his government's brutal crackdown on demonstrators. "President al-Assad and his regime must immediately end the use of violence, answer the calls of the Syrian people for a more representative government and embark upon the path of meaningful democratic reform," David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department's acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in announcing the move.

2011-05-19 00:00:00

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