The United States blacklisted senior Syrian government officials and leaders of several Syrian military units as Washington continues to impose sanctions aimed at cutting off funds for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.
The action, which follows the blacklisting of the president, his wife and other individuals and entities, marks another round of sanctions in Washington's bid to push al-Assad's government back to United Nations-led negotiations and broker an end to the country's nearly decade-long war.
The U.S. imposed sanctions on Luna Al Shibl, al-Assad's top press officer, her husband Mohamad Ammar Saati bin Mohamad Nawzad, a prominent member of the Syrian Baath Party and former parliamentarian, the Treasury Department said in a statement.
The U.S. State Department also imposed sanctions on the leadership of several Syrian military units, including National Defence Forces commander Fadi Saqr, over their efforts to prevent a ceasefire, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement, warning Washington will "aggressively pursue" sanctions against other military commanders, Aljazeera reported.
"The United States and its allies are united in continuing to apply pressure on Assad and his enablers until there is peaceful, political solution to the conflict. Assad and his foreign patrons know the clock is ticking for action," Pompeo said.