U.S. provides training to prevent atrocities

The United States is highlighting its commitment to prevent, mitigate and respond to atrocities globally. “When we say ‘Never again,’ it must mean more than words,” said Denise Natali, assistant secretary of state for Conflict and Stabilization Operations at a September 16 event hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace. “It must mean taking clear ...
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Terrorist Attack in al Bab, Syria

MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a crowded traffic circle in al Bab yesterday, which according to initial reports killed more than 20 innocent people and injured scores more. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are deeply troubled by the rise in ...
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U.S. sanctions supporters of Assad’s brutal regime

The United States is imposing additional sanctions against Syrian business and military officials who enable the Bashar al-Assad regime’s brutal crimes, including killings in countless Syrian communities. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced the new sanctions September 30, following the three-year anniversary of the killing of at least 34 Syrians in the town ...
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Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Armanaz, Syria

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Three years ago yesterday, on September 29, 2017, Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, killed at least 34 Syrians in the town of Armanaz.  Since then, thousands of Bashar al-Assad’s bombs have been dropped on schools, hospitals, and markets across Syria.  Too many lives have been lost in Assad’s futile search for a military conquest over his own ...
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Syria Sanctions Designations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Tomorrow will mark the seventh anniversary of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack in Ghouta which killed over 1,400 Syrians. Today, in memory of the victims of that brutality, the United States is announcing six sanctions against the Assad regime’s military, government, and financial supporters. As we continue to implement the goals of the Caesar ...
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Syria Sanctions Designations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the State Department and Treasury Department continued the United States’ sanctions campaign against the Assad regime by releasing 14 new designations under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other authorities. This campaign began last month with the first round of Caesar Act designations. We have named today’s tranche of designations the Hama and Maarat Al-Numan sanctions. These names are meant to ...
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Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections (July 20)

Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections (July 20) MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Yesterday, the Assad regime held so-called Parliamentary Elections in Syria. Bashar Al Assad is seeking to present this dubious election as a success against alleged Western plotting, but in reality it is simply another in a long line of Assad’s stage-managed, unfree votes in which the Syrian people have ...
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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people ...
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United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria (May 14)

United States Publishes a Global Maritime Advisory to Counter Sanctions Evasion by Iran, North Korea, and Syria (May 14)   The U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a global advisory to alert the maritime industry, and those active in ...
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Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)

Countries Certified as Not Cooperating Fully With U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts (May 13)   Yesterday, the Department of State notified Congress that Iran, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba were certified under Section 40A(a) of the Arms Export Control Act as “not cooperating fully” with U.S. counterterrorism efforts in 2019.  This is the first year that ...
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Briefing on Russian Engagement in the Middle East (May 7)

Briefing on Russian Engagement in the Middle East (May 7)   JAMES F. JEFFREY, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA ENGAGEMENT AND SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE GLOBAL COALITION TO DEFEAT ISIS HENRY WOOSTER, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE MAGHREB AND EGYPT BUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS MS ORTAGUS: Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Good to be on with everybody this Thursday afternoon. ...
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U.S. helps counter COVID-19 outbreaks in Middle East and North Africa (May 4)

U.S. helps counter COVID-19 outbreaks in Middle East and North Africa (May 4)   The United States is providing more than $110 million to help countries in the Middle East and North Africa fight COVID-19, including Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, as well as the West Bank. The funding will improve disease detection and ...
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Terrorist Attack in Afrin, Syria (April 28)

Terrorist Attack in Afrin, Syria (April 28) The United States condemns the act of terror carried out today in Afrin, Syria, claiming the lives of dozens of people shopping in the central market as they prepared to break the Ramadan fast. Initial reports indicate many victims were civilians, including children. Such cowardly acts of evil ...
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Statement by the Political Directors of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group (April 16)

Statement by the Political Directors of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group (April 16)   The Political Directors of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS Small Group met today virtually to reaffirm our shared commitment to continue the fight against Daesh/ISIS and maintain unity of purpose and cohesiveness in Iraq and Syria. The ...
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The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in Northern Syria (March 17)

The State Department Imposes Sanctions on Individual Responsible for the Violence in Northern Syria (March 17) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the United States is designating a senior Assad regime official who is responsible for the violence and the disastrous humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.  The Department of State is imposing sanctions under Executive Order 13894 on ...
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Terrorist Designation of ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (March 17)

Terrorist Designation of ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla (March 17)   The Department of State has announced its intent to designate Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, the new leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(a)(ii)(B) of Executive Order 13224, as ...
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New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25)

New Sanctions under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA) (February 25) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is sanctioning 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  This action includes new sanctions against five entities/individuals in China (Luo Dingwen, ...
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Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)

Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)   MS ORTAGUS: Do you have something to say first? AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yeah, just the Vice President, Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor O’Brien came out here to carry out the President’s directive to get a ceasefire as soon as possible in ...
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Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)

Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)   MODERATOR:  Thanks, everybody, for joining us this afternoon.  Sorry to be a few minutes late here at the end of the day, but this is a follow-up from the backgrounder that we had with our State Department bullpen on Monday.  We’re going to ...
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Increased Violence in Northwest Syria (April 30)

Increased Violence in Northwest Syria (April 30) Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 30, 2019 The United States is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Idlib and northern Hama. Ongoing Russian and regime airstrikes, along with attacks by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other groups connected to Al Qaeda in Syria, continue to destabilize ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria (February 28)

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria (February 28) Ambassador Jonathan Cohen Acting Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City February 28, 2019 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Special Envoy Pedersen, for being here today. The United States congratulates you on ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks on Syria (December 15)

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks on Syria (December 15) John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 15, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Hello, everybody. I just wanted to bring you all up to date on what we’ve been trying to do with respect to the tragic situation in Syria, and obviously mostly focused or especially Aleppo. I don’t think ...
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