Britain today announced sanctions against six of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s associates, including his foreign minister and close advisors, Reuters.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Dominic Raab said, “The Assad regime has subjected the Syrian people to a decade of brutality to demand peaceful reform.”
Those approved include Foreign Minister Faisal Mikkad, Assad’s advisor, Luna al-Shibl, financier Yasser Ibrahim, businessman Muhammad Bara al-Katirji, Republican Guard Commander, Malik Aaliyah and army chief Zaid Salah.
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Information, disclosed in Sunday Times Yesterday British officials were launching a preliminary investigation of al-Assad’s wife, Asma al-Assad. If he is found guilty of “inciting terrorism”, his British citizenship may be destroyed by police investigations.
Civil war broke out in Syria since early 2011, when the Assad regime clamped down on pro-democracy protesters.
According to UN estimates, thousands of people have died and more than 10 million are homeless.
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