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US blacklists Syrian spy chief

The US government has slapped financial sanctions on Syria’s military spy chief, the brother-in-law of the country’s president, accusing him of fostering terrorism and meddling in Lebanon. On Wednesday, the US Treasury Department placed Assef Shawkat on a list of “specially designated nationals” under a presidential anti-terrorism order, freezing any US assets he holds and barring US citizens from transactions with him. Stuart Levey, the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the director of the powerful Syrian Military Intelligence (SMI) agency had been “a key architect of Syria’s domination of Lebanon”. Full Story

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