US steps up pressure on Syria, levies sanctions on Syrian government officials

  • by: DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 8, 2014 - 5:09 PM

WASHINGTON — Stepping up pressure on Syria, the Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned six Syrian officials and a Russian bank for their alleged support of the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been fighting opposition forces in a 3-year-old bloody civil war.

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