US sets sanctions on Syria, Iran over rights abuses

WASHINGTON - The US Treasury Department said on Wednesday it was imposing sanctions against Syria's security forces for human rights abuses and against Iran for supporting the Syrian regime.
The Treasury named the four major branches of Syria's security forces and said any assets they may have subject to US jurisdiction will be frozen and that Americans are barred from any dealing with them.
"Today's action builds on the (Obama) administration's efforts to pressure (Syrian President Bashar) Assad and his regime to end the use of wanton violence," said David Cohen, the US Treasury's acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
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