U.S. targets Syrian defense minister
Syrian Defense Minister General Dawood Rajiha (L) is greeted on board during a visit to the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov, in the port of Tartous in January.
March 30th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

U.S. targets Syrian defense minister

By Jamie Crawford

The United States sanctioned three senior Syrian officials in President Bashar al-Assad's regime Friday as the yearlong violence in the country showed no signs of letting up.

Dawood Rajiha, Syria's defense minister; Munir Adanov, a senior Syrian Army official; and Zuhayr Shalish, the head of presidential security, were targeted in the action announced by the Treasury Department.

"The U.S. and the international community will hold to account those who stand with the Assad regime as it trains the instruments of war against Syrian civilians," David S. Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a written statement. "The time has long since passed for Syrian officials at all levels to turn their backs on this bloody regime."

The announcement comes as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to meet with representatives of 60 other countries in Istanbul this weekend to discuss ways to support the fragmented Syrian opposition, and put the country on a path to democratic transition.

The United States, along with many other Western governments, has repeatedly called for al-Assad to step down, but has been stymied by Russian and Chinese opposition in the U.N. Security Council.

The sanctions prohibit U.S. citizens from engaging in any business or transactions with the three officials, and freezes any assets they have in U.S. jurisdictions.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Bill Clinton

    U s arms too short to box with GOD

    April 2, 2012 at 4:23 am | Reply
  2. David

    Stop supporting Israeli aggression.

    Research israels crimes against humanity.

    March 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • rick

      dearborn/muslim dave blaming israel for syrias problems, what else is new for the muslim apologists? keep singing the muslim mantra dave: "woe is me, woe is me, everyone but us is responsible for our misery" .

      April 1, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
  3. Carlos

    President Obama the coward puts sanctions for the murders instead of doing anything to stop the murders ..

    March 31, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • Leroy

      Not your country.

      March 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  4. Your Good God Almighty

    David S. Cohen, under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, is a zionist doing his duty.

    When will you stupid americans realize we own you.

    Just do what you are told to do and keep your stupid mouths shut.

    Don't think . . .Stay in debt . . . Vote for either Obama or Mitt . . . it doesn't matter . . . we have both of them in our pocket.

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    March 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
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      March 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • rick

      dave posting crap and then replying to himself, brilliant" ! typical arab/muslim/palestinian credo: dont do anything constructive or post anything that makes sense, just blame Israel and the US for the failure of your "society" and failed culture.

      April 1, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
  5. mipolitic

    turn the page this will be over in october but the syrian gov will not fall but assad will be no more , and putin will be the recieving the praise with obama , but nothing will change internally .

    March 30, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
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    what is president assad still doing in power....

    March 30, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  7. the wise

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    March 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • rick

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      April 1, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
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    March 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply

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