EU targets Syrian middleman it says bought oil from Islamic State

March 8, 2015 13:04

BRUSSELS - The European Union has imposed sanctions on a Syrian businessman who it says has bought oil for Syria from Islamic State, an al-Qaida offshoot that the government in Damascus has declared to be its enemy.

Adding to its list of sanctions on supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the EU said that George Haswani worked as an intermediary to agree oil contracts between Syria and Islamic State, which rules a self-declared caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

"George Haswani provides support (for) and benefits from the regime through his role as a middleman in deals for the purchase of oil from ISIL (Islamic State) by the Syrian regime," the EU said in its official journal without detailing how it reached its conclusion.

"He has close ties to the Syrian regime," the EU said, adding that Haswani also goes by the names Al Hasawani and Heswani.

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