February 12, 2019 | The Hill

New law set to turn up financial pressure on Bashar Assad

February 12, 2019 | The Hill

New law set to turn up financial pressure on Bashar Assad

Excerpt

Even a polarized Congress can agree that tougher sanctions on Syria’s Assad regime are in the national interest. In a bipartisan vote, the Senate voted 77-23 last week for passage of the Caesar Act, a sanctions bill named for the Syrian military photographer who risked his life to expose the horrors of Bashar Assad’s torture chambers. The bill passed the House last month on a voice vote and the White House signaled its support last November.

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Turning up the pressure on Assad is both a strategic necessity and a moral imperative.

David Adesnik is director of research and a Syria analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based, nonpartisan research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy. Follow him on Twitter @adesnik.

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Gulf States Hezbollah Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran Human Rights Iran Sanctions Sanctions and Illicit Finance Syria