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US slaps sanctions on Syrian state TV, radio

Obama administration hits Syrian state TV, radio with sanctions for aiding in crackdown By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration has added Syria's state television and radio to a U.S. sanctions list for its role in supporting the crackdown by President Bashar Assad's government.

The Treasury Department's sanctions chief Adam Szubin says the Syrian General Organization of Radio and TV has "served as an arm of the Syrian regime as it mounts increasingly barbaric attacks on its own population and seeks both to mask and legitimize its violence."

He said the U.S. stands with the Syrian people, and that any institutions supporting the Assad government's "abhorrent behavior will be targeted and cut off from the international financial system."

Monday's action is part of an effort to block Syrian government assets within the United States. It also bans Americans from conducting transactions with Syrian state television and radio.

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