Pindostan imposes sanctions on alleged Syrians
Joel Schectman, Cynthia Osterman, Reuters, Feb 23 2017
The Treasury Dept on Thursday placed two alleged leaders of Jabhat al-Nusra on its sanctions blacklist. They said the two men, Iyad Nazmi Salih Khalil and Bassam Ahmad al-Hasri, helped oversee Nusra’s operations in Syria. Their action orders Pindo companies to cut off all ties with the men and freeze any assets. As of last year, Khalil was the group’s #3 man, strengthened its security and intelligence operations responsible for assassinations and ran prisons notorious for torture, they said. Though it controls less territory and manpower than Daesh, they view Nusra as a continuing threat. It now calls itself Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, since severing its ties with AQ last year. Separately, they blacklisted a Syria-based company, Mechanical Construction Factory, for its alleged ties to a Syrian government agency that produced alleged ‘non-conventional weapons’.