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U.S. plans sanctions on Syria in wake of brutal crackdowns

Haaretz.com

April 25, 2011 | 8:19 am

Protests in Duma, Damascus, Syria (April 24, Flickr)

Protests in Duma, Damascus, Syria (April 24, Flickr)

The Obama administration may level sanctions against Syria as punishment for President Bashar Assad’s government’s violent crackdown on protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The U.S. is currently drafting an executive order that will empower President Obama to freeze the assets of senior Syrian officials and bar them from engaging in any business dealings with the United States, the report said, citing officials briefed on the matter.

According to the report, freezing Syrian officials’ assets in the U.S. will have little impact on Assad’s inner circle. However, the hope is that European countries, where Syrian officials have more substantial holdings, will follow suit, thereby having a more crippling economic effect.

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