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Obama Administration Sanction Bans Export of Aircraft Parts Used by Syrian VIPs

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Friday announced it had taken action to prohibit the export of parts for small VIP passenger aircraft used by the leadership of the Syrian government.

Since the U.S. controls the licensing of U.S. origin parts for these planes, it has the right to ban their export from the U.S. to Syria, or their “re-export” from other countries to Syria. 

The move was done as part of the Obama administration’s effort to sanction leaders of the Syrian government in response to  their violent crackdown and human rights abuses against demonstrators. A statement from the BIS called the export or re-export of those parts “contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States.”

The move impacts four relevant licenses for exports and reexports of parts to these planes, which are small civilian aircraft used by Syrian leaders.

The Obama administration said this was being done as a reaction “to the commission of human rights abuses related to political repression in Syria.”

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President Obama Orders More Sanctions Against Syrian Leaders

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of the Syrian government slaughtering demonstrators and committing other human rights abuses, President Obama issued an executive order Friday afternoon imposing further sanctions against Syrian leaders.
On Monday, ABC News reported the president was considering such sanctions.
The president’s actions freeze the assets and ban Americans from doing business with three individuals -- Mahir Al-Asad, the Brigade Commander in the Syrian Army’s Fourth Armored Division; Ali Mamluk, director of the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate; and Atif Najob, the former head of the Syrian Political Security Directorate for Dar’a Province.
The same sanctions are also imposed against two groups: the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps -- Qods Force.
“The government of Syria's human rights abuses…constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” the president says in his executive order.
The U.S. government already has imposed sanctions against Syria, including the Syria Accountability Act of 2004 which bans the export to Syria of most goods containing more than 10 percent U.S. -- manufactured component parts.  The Patriot Act in 2006 included a specific sanction against the Commercial Bank of Syria.
In addition, previous executive orders from the president have also denied certain Syrians and Syrian organizations access to the U.S. financial system because of their involvement in corruption, destabilizing activities in Iraq and Lebanon, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, or association with al Qaeda, the Taliban or Osama bin Laden.

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New Sanctions Against Iran Shipping Line’s Front Companies, Officers

Photo Courtesy -- Treasury Dept.(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. Treasury Department has announced sanctions against more entities affiliated with Iran’s shipping line or Bank Mellat, both of which have been tied to the country’s weapons of mass destruction programs.

The department on Tuesday named five corporate officers and 10 businesses they say are tied to either the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines or Bank Mellat, both of which are under sanction.

“As long as Iran uses front companies, cut-outs and other forms of deception to hide its illicit activities, we intend to expose this conduct and thereby counteract Iran's attempts to evade U.S. and international sanctions,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey. 

Among those named by the department were Malaysia-based Pearl Energy Company and its director, as well as four top IRISL executives and eight IRISL front companies located on the Isle of Man. 

These and similar sanctions have been made in an attempt to cut off financial support to WMD proliferators.

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