US Announces New Round of Syria Counter-Terror Sanctions

The United States Treasury Department Officer of Foreign Assets Control has issued a new round of Counter Terrorism Designations relating to Syria. In this round, an additional six persons, eleven businesses, and two ships have been sanctioned. According to the U.S. State Department, today’s sanctions are calibrated specifically against Captagon manufacturing and sales, Syrian government sanctions evasions, and mining exports.

Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. made this statement:

“The Assad regime continues to employ a variety of schemes to evade sanctions and sustain its longstanding campaign of repression against its own citizens, including trafficking in illegal drugs, exploiting currency exchanges, and leveraging seemingly legitimate businesses…The United States remains committed to holding accountable those who seek to support this illicit financial activity at the expense of the Syrian people.”

The list of individual reads below:

  • AL-DJ, Mahmoud Abdulilah; Syria; DOB 26 Jul 1983; POB Tell Rifaat, Aleppo, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual)
  • AL-KAYALI, Taher, Syria; DOB 11 Jul 1960; POB Aleppo, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male; National ID No. 02010229257 (Syria) (individual)
  • AL-LAW, Tawfiq Muhammad Sa’id (a.k.a. AL-LAW, Tawfiq; a.k.a. ALLOU, Tawfik), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 04 May 1992; nationality: Syria; Gender Male (Linked To: HIZBALLAH)
  • AL-MINALA, Muhammad ‘Ali, Damascus, Syria; DOB 03 Jun 1985; POB Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) (Linked To: CENTRAL BANK OF SYRIA).
  • DAVID, Yafi, United Arab Emirates; DOB 25 Aug 1969; POB Syria; nationality Ukraine; Gender Male; Passport FE550041 (Ukraine) expires 01 Jun 2026; Identification Number 121619695 (Oman) (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: GRAINS MIDDLE EAST TRADING DWC-LLC).
  • MAKAROV, Aleksey, Russia; DOB 06 Aug 1974; nationality Russia; Gender Male; Passport 753533725 (Russia) expires 03 Aug 2026 (individual) [SYRIA] [SYRIA-CAESAR] (Linked To: CENTRAL BANK OF SYRIA).

The following are the entities that have been added to the sanctions list:

  • AL-TA’IR COMPANY (Arabic: ???? ?????), Damascus, Syria; Organization Established Date 17 Dec 2012; Organization Type: Transportation and storage
  • FREEBIRD TRAVEL AND TOURISM; Maysaloon Street, Al Muhandiseen Building Floor No. 12, Damascus, Syria; Hour al-Enz al-Mammzar Center, Second Floor, Office 12, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Athens, Greece
  • GRAINS MIDDLE EAST TRADING DWC-LLC, Building A3 Office 213 Dubai World Central Business Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Office 1705, Lake Central Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Office 426, A5 Building, Dubai World Central, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Bahnhofstrasse 29, Zug 6300, Switzerland; Bahnhofstrasse 21, Zug 6300
  • HASSALEH INTERNATIONAL COMPANY, 80 Broad Street, Monrovia, Liberia; Registration Country Liberia;
  • KNH SHIPPING PRIVATE LIMITED (a.k.a. KNH GLOBAL PRIVATE LIMITED; a.k.a. KNH SHIPPING LTD.; a.k.a. KNH SHIPPING PVT LTD), Shop No. 8, Mayur Complex, Faridi Nagar Cimap, Chandan Road, Indra Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226016, India
  • MASS COM GROUP GENERAL TRADING AND CONTRACTING COMPANY WLL, Capital – Jibla – Fahd al-Salim Street, Kuwait; Apt. 11 Bid. 14614 St. Qutaiba Bl 146, Hawally, Kuwait
  • MAYA EXCHANGE COMPANY, Ground Floor, Property Number 17/9/2230, Baqi Zadeh Building, Fardus Street, Salhiyah, Damascus, Syria; First Real Estate Zone, Property Number 936, Section 2, Ground Floor, Haju Building, Abd al-Hamid al-Durubi Street, Homs, Syria; Tartus Real Estate Zone, Section 8, Property Number 3881, Revolution Street, Al-Baraniyah, Tartus, Syria; Ground Floor, Second Real Estate Zone, Sections 7-9, Property 2533, Aziziyah Falls, Baghdad Station, Aleppo, Syria
  • MELODY SHIPMANAGEMENT PVT LTD, Office 309, 3rd Floor, Space 912, ABV Brand Factory, Mira Bhayandar Road, Mira Road (E), Thane, Maharashtra 401107, India.
  • NEPTUNUS LLC (a.k.a. NEPTUNUS CO LTD), 653/38 Baghdad Street, Lattakia, Syria
  • ORCHIDIA REGIONAL FOR GENERAL TRADING AND CONTRACTING COMPANY Al Farwaniyah- Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh-‘Abdullah Mutlaq al-Musaylim Street, Kuwait; 1 Bullah Almusailam Av, Jeleeb Alshuokh, Kuwait.
  • QUOC VIET MARINE TRANSPORT JSC, 5, Road 7, Phu Huu Ward, District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The following vessels have also been added to the sanctions list.

  • ABYSS (T8A4595) Palau flag; (Linked To: QUOC VIET MARINE TRANSPORT JSC).
  • DAWN II (3FHW2) Crude Oil Tanker Panama flag; (Linked To: HASSALEH INTERNATIONAL COMPANY).

Syria has been designated a State Sponsor of Terrorism since December 1979. Additional sanctions and restrictions were added in May 2004 with the issuance of Executive Order 13338, which implemented the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (SAA) and imposed additional measures pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) Under the Obama administration five additional Executive Orders were levied to calibrate specific sanction against individuals as the humanitarian situation in Syria collapsed amid the ongoing civil war.

United States Military Academy and American Military University Alumni. Victor covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.


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