U.S. Sanctioning Syrians Tied to Government Chemical Weapons

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As part of the U.S. government’s response to alleged use of chemical weapons by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, it is placing sanctions on 271 individuals linked to the Syrian agency that produces that country’s chemical weapons and ballistic missiles.

The sanctions include travel blacklisting and financial restrictions.

Assad has said that the accusation he used chemical weapons on his people was a “fabrication” and “a pretext for the attack” the U.S. launched on a Syrian military base after the chemical attack story broke.