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Spanish court wants to try Syrian leader’s uncle for money laundering

Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, wants to try Rifaat Ali al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and 13 other people for money laundering activities. Judge José de la Mata is targeting Rifaat Ali al-Assad, a former vice-president of Syria, eight of his children and two… Read More

To Circumvent Western Sanctions, Syria’s Assad Looked to a Moscow Skyscraper: FT

Family members of Bashar al-Assad have purchased at least 20 Moscow apartments worth an aggregate $40 million over the past six years, despite EU and US sanctions targeting the Syrian leader, the Financial Times reported Monday. The real estate deals, including the purchase of 18 luxury apartments in Moscow’s… Read More

Terrorism Financing Charge Upheld Against French Company Lafarge

A French court on Thursday upheld preliminary criminal charges against one of France’s biggest companies over allegations that it financed the Islamic State and other armed groups in Syria, while putting the lives of its employees there in danger. In its ruling, the Court of Appeal in Paris also said… Read More
24th October 2019
Donald Trump has announced that the US will lift sanctions on Turkey, taking credit for a ceasefire deal that should end Ankara’s attack on Kurdish-led forces – at the price of ending the Kurds’ dream of local autonomy. The US president, who has come under withering… Read More
18th October 2019
Republican and Democratic lawmakers vowed to move ahead with sanctions on Turkey despite the announcement by Vice President Mike Pence that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to temporarily halt hostilities in northern Syria. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen said they welcomed the agreement… Read More
17th October 2019
Understanding why Hezbollah has deep roots in the drug trade requires a historical view of Lebanon. Read More
16th October 2019
The US Congress will press ahead with a broad package of sanctions on Turkey, including cutting military support, after measures announced by the Trump administration were dismissed as ineffective, Senate officials have confirmed. The Republican senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris van Hollen are expected to launch a… Read More
15th October 2019
US President Donald Trump on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey over Ankara’s military operation in northeast Syria, and called for an immediate ceasefire. Turkey launched the cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters last Wednesday after Trump withdrew some US troops from the region, drawing sharp criticism from fellow… Read More
15th October 2019
Turkey has disrupted an illegal money transfer system used by the terrorist group Daesh, according to sources at Turkey’s financial crimes watchdog. Security forces targeted suspects accused of directing Daesh international money transfers using the “Hawala” system, said the sources from the Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) who asked not… Read More
14th October 2019
President Donald Trump’s administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey. Using the U.S. military to stop the Turkish offensive on U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters… Read More
10th October 2019
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham introduced a bipartisan measure Wednesday to sanction Turkey in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria, which left Kurdish fighters in Syria vulnerable to a Turkish invasion. Graham, a Republican, is partnering with Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen on… Read More
8th October 2019
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday he and Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen will introduce bipartisan sanctions against Turkey if it crosses the Syrian border and attacks Kurdish forces, after President Donald Trump said late Sunday that he was withdrawing U.S. troops from the border region. “I hope… Read More
7th October 2019
AP — The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s… Read More