US imposes sanctions on Turkish-backed faction in Syria

WASHINGTON, US (North Press) – On Wednesday, the US Department of the Treasury announced a new package of sanctions targeting entities affiliated with the Syrian intelligence servicesand a Turkish-backed armed opposition faction.

The sanctions targeted several people and entities, including Asef al-Deker, Ahmed al-Dib, Malik Ali Habib and Wafiq Nasser, who are officials of the intelligence services of the Syrian government.

Also, the sanctions included Ahmad Ihsan Fayyad al-Hayes and Raed Jassim al-Hayes, who are leaders of the pro-Turkish Ahrar al-Sharqiya faction.

“We decided to put sanctions on Ahrar al-Sharqiya faction, which is active in north Syria, and two of its leaders for violations of the rights of civilians and systematic assaults on the Syrian Kurds, including kidnappings, displacement, torture, seizure of property and murder,” the US Department of the Treasury said in a statement.

“Ahrar al-Sharqiya faction also recruited former members of the terrorist organization of ISIS into its ranks,” the statement added.

Reporting by Hadeel Oueiss