U.S. Treasury links 3 firms to Syrian arms program

The U.S. Treasury Department said Tuesday it increased pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime to inhibit the Syrian chemical weapons program.
The Treasury Department said three companies have been linked to the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), a sanctioned facility tied to Syria's chemical armaments program. The companies are Syrian company Sigma Tech and Lebanon-based Shadi for Car Trading and Denise Company.
“The Assad regime is not only a gross violator of human rights – it also continues to engage in dangerous weapons proliferation,” Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin said. “As today’s action demonstrates, we are determined to use our financial tools to raise the costs to the Syrian government of its illicit activities.”

In compliance with Executive Order 13582, these companies and Batoul Rida, an official with the Central Bank of Syria, are designated as acting on behalf of the SSRC. The department also added an alias for Adib Mayaleh, a senior official on the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons in 2012. The name Andre Mayard has been added to the alias list associated with Mayaleh.
Reports of chlorine gas attacks have been reported by health care workers in the Idlib region of Syria. Witnesses said they were carried out by government-owned helicopters.

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