Syria: Tanf gets 100 more by helo

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More than 100 US Marines were sent as reinforcements to Tanf in southern Syria after Russia threatened to attack militants in the area, the Pentagon said.
The troops were flown by helicopter.

“The United States does not seek to fight the Russians, the government of Syria or any groups that may be providing support to Syria in the Syrian civil war, However, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend US, coalition or partner forces.” said Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown, a spokesman for US Central Command.

The Arab states will now reengage with Damascus. Resistance to this trend from Washington will only frustrate the Arab states and encourage them to conduct their diplomacy behind Washington’s back
Brett McGurk
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/syria/2019-04-16/hard-truths-syria

[January 8 2019 Tanf still training troops ]

And as of January 8 2019, U.S.-backed Syrian fighters were still posting pictures and video of them training with coalition forces at the controversial base of al-Tanf near the Iraq-Syria border, contrary to rumors that the base will soon close.

Talks were held on January 7 2019 between commanders of Pentagon-backed rebel groups, including the Maghawir Al Thawra battalion and Lions of the East, on transferring about 60,000 civilians from the Rukban camp near Tanf to rebel-held territory in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory did not say how the rebels proposed to relocate the residents, which would involve crossing government-held areas.

[January 18 2018   U.S. aggressive operations “to achieve decisive results quickly”   ]

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Trump has green-lighted aggressive operations “to achieve decisive results quickly” and given his military commanders more freedom in their moves against the Islamic State, Rex Tillerson U.S. Secretary of State said, speaking in California at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Mr Tillerson also denied the US was training a Kurdish-led border security force, saying officials had misspoken.

 

Map showing control of Syria (8 January 2018)

Mr Tillerson said the US was not creating a new force, but rather trying to ensure that local fighters were able to protect liberated areas from attacks by IS remnants.

[ December 7: Jarrard: query how long we will be there supporting the SDF]

“Current estimates are that there are less than 3,000 #Daesh fighters left – they still remain a threat, but we will continue to support our partner forces to defeat them,” U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon tweeted, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

U.S.-led Coalition’s Support to Continue After Raqqa’s Liberation, Official Says

Daesh continues to displace. They were in Manbij, then they were in Tabqa, then they were in Raqqa, then they moved down to Deir ez-Zor, then they moved to Mayadin, and they continue to move down — and right now, the last bastion of their existence is around Abu Kamal and Al-Qa’im in Iraq.

There are hundreds and thousands of Arabs that are fleeing from around the Euphrates River Valley, from Deir ez-Zor, to Mayadin, to down around Al-Qa’im.

And they are fleeing… the regime liberation of those cities. And they’re not going south into Arab-controlled territories. They’re going north into the SDF-controlled territories. And so that tells me that they — they understand the risk to both, and that they would much rather be in the SDF-controlled territories.

And so I think that those examples, plus the examples in Manbij, in Tabqa, where everybody — the stabilization efforts are underway and everything is going well — are clear examples that this may not be one of those areas that we need to be concerned about.

…how long we will be there supporting the SDF is not for me to answer. But I will say that we are committed to making sure that the region is stable and secure, and the evil of Daesh is not welcome in that area, and the SDF are able to provide security and the local civil structures are able to provide governance.
Major General James B. Jarrard, commander, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve; Eric J. Pahon, Defense Department Spokesman
Oct. 31, 2017

 

[October 27 Trump gives up?]

Fabrice Balanche, a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, argued that the United States had already almost lost that contest.

“The United States and their allies wanted to take the Iraqi-Syrian border. They wanted to create an Arab force capable of running this area, that also would have cut the corridor the Iranians are building,” he said.

“But they don’t have the means to do that, or indeed maybe not the will. [US President Donald] Trump appears to want to get rid of the Daesh and not see any further.”

Defeating the Daesh will be the easy part. The hard part will be securing the peace, making sure that the forces converging on Deir Ezzor don’t start fighting among themselves.

The stakes for Deir Ezzor could not be higher, an oil-rich eastern Syrian province.
The Iranians want an overland route to the Mediterranean. The Kurds want a buffer between Assad’s forces and their territory further to the north.

[October 24 SDF to clear area North of Bukamal ]

The next major prize is the town of Bukamal [Abu Kamal], which straddles the highway linking the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to the Syrian capital of Damascus. Control over the border town (and al-Qaim on the Iraqi side of it) would enable Iran to reopen a vital land route between Tehran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in Beirut, deepening its strategic reach into the heart of the Middle East.

October 24 The United States and its SDF allies are planning to advance toward Bukamal, where the Islamic State has now concentrated its forces, Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S. military said. First, however, they will have to clear and consolidate their hold over the large area that was seized Sunday, October 22.

[October 10 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Abu Kamal ]

SOUTHWEST ASIA – On Oct. 9, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

 

In Syria, Coalition military forces •Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed a vehicle and a weapons storage facility.

[ October 16 2012 EU New sanctions list ]

A Suleiman Maarouf

A Suleiman Maarouf

The EU has announced sanctions against a further 28 individuals and two companies connected with the Syrian regime. Most of the individuals are government ministers, though two of them are not.

One is Raza Othman, wife of the prominent businessman Rami Makhlouf. The official notice says:

She has close personal and financial relations with Rami Makhlouf, cousin of president Bashar Al-Assad and principal financer of the regime … as such, associated with the Syrian regime, and benefiting from it.

The other is Suleiman Maarouf, who holds a British passport. He is described in the official notice:

Businessman close to President al-Assad’s family. Owns shares in the listed TV station Dounya TV. Close to Muhammad Nasif Khayrbik, who has been desig­nated. Supports the Syrian regime.

Rami Makhlouf’s wife is called Razan, not Raza.

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

1.

Dr. Qadri Jameel

Vice Prime Minister for Economic
Affairs, Minister of Domestic
Trade and Consumer’s Protection.
As Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

2.

Waleed Al
Mo’allem

Vice Prime Minister, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Expatriates. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

3.

Major general Fahd
Jassem Al Freij

Minister of Defence and military
commander. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

4.

Dr. Mohammad
Abdul Sattar
Al Sayed

Minister of Religious Endowments.
As Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

5.

Eng. Hala
Mohammad
Al Nasser

Minister of Tourism. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

6.

Eng. Bassam Hanna

Minister of Water Resources. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

7.

Eng. Subhi Ahmad
Al Abdallah

Minister of Agriculture and
Agrarian Reform. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

8.

Dr. Mohammad
Yahiya Mo’alla

Minister of Higher Education. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

EN L 282/10 Official Journal of the European Union 16.10.2012

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

9.

Dr. Hazwan Al
Wez

Minister of Education. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

10.

Dr. Mohamad
Zafer Mohabak

Minister of Economy and Foreign
Trade. As Government Minister,
shares responsibility for the
regime’s violent repression against
the civilian population.

16.10.2012

11.

Dr. Mahmud
Ibraheem Sa’iid

Minister of Transport. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

12.

Dr. Safwan
Al Assaf

Minister of Housing and Urban
Development. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

13.

Eng. Yasser
Al Siba’ii

Minister of Public Works. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

14.

Eng Sa’iid Ma’thi
Hneidi

Minister of Oil and Mineral
Resources. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

15.

Dr. Lubana
Mushaweh

Minister of Culture. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

16.

Dr. Jassem
Mohammad
Zakaria

Minister of Labour and Social
Affairs. As Government Minister,
shares responsibility for the
regime’s violent repression against
the civilian population.

16.10.2012

17.

Omran Ahed
Al Zu’bi

Minister of Information. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

18.

Dr. Adnan Abdo
Al Sikhny

Minister of Industry. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

EN 16.10.2012 Official Journal of the European Union L 282/11

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

19.

Najm Hamad
Al Ahmad

Minister of Justice. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

20.

Dr. Abdul Salam
Al Nayef

Minister of Health. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

21.

Dr. Ali Heidar

State Minister for National
Reconciliation Affairs. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

16.10.2012

22.

Dr. Nazeera Farah
Sarkees

State Minister for Environmental
Affairs. As Government Minister,
shares responsibility for the
regime’s violent repression against
the civilian population.

16.10.2012

23.

Mohammad Turki
Al Sayed

State Minister. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

24.

Najm-eddin Khreit

State Minister. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

25.

Abdullah Khaleel
Hussein

State Minister. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

26.

Jamal Sha’ban
Shaheen

State Minister. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

16.10.2012

27.

Suleiman Maarouf
(a.k.a. Sulayman
Mahmud Ma’ruf,
Sleiman Maarouf,
Mahmoud
Soleiman Maarouf)

Passport: in possession of a UK
passport

Businessman close to President Al-
Assad’s family. Owns shares in the
listed TV station Dounya TV.
Close to Muhammad Nasif
Khayrbik, who has been designated.
Supports the Syrian regime.

16.10.2012

28.

Raza Othman

Wife of Rami Makhlouf

She has close personal and
financial relations with Rami
Makhlouf, cousin of president
Bashar Al-Assad and principal
financer of the regime, who has
been designated. As such,
associated with the Syrian regime,
and benefiting from it.

16.10.2012

EN L 282/12 Official Journal of the European Union 16.10.2012

B. Entities

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

1.

Megatrade

Address:
Aleppo Street
P.O. Box 5966
Damascus, Syria
Fax: 963114471081

Acts as a proxy for the Scientific
Military research Institute (SSRC),
which is listed. Involved in trade
in dual use goods prohibited by
EU sanctions for the Syrian
government.

16.10.2012

2.

Expert Partners

Address:
Rukn Addin
Saladin Street, Building 5
PO Box: 7006
Damascus, Syria

Acts as a proxy for the Scientific
Military research Institute (SSRC),
which is listed. Involved in trade
in dual use goods prohibited by
EU sanctions for the Syrian
government.

16.10.2012

II. The entries for the persons and entities set out in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 listed below shall be
replaced by the entries below.

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

1.

Dr Wael Nader
Al-Halqi

Born 1964 in the Daraa
Province

Prime Minister and former
Minister for Health. As Prime
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

27.2.2012

2.

Muhammad
Ibrahim Al-Sha’ar
(aka Mohammad
Ibrahim Al-Chaar)

Born 1956 in Aleppo

Minister for the Interior. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

1.12.2011

3.

Dr Mohammad
Al-Jleilati

Born 1945 in Damascus

Minister for Finance. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

1.12.2011

4.

Imad Mohammad
Deeb Khamis
(aka Imad
Mohammad Dib
Khamees)

Born 1 August 1961 near
Damascus

Minister for Electricity. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

23.3.2012

5.

Omar Ibrahim
Ghalawanji

Born 1954 in Tartus

Vice-Prime Minister for Services
Affairs, Minister for Local Administration.
As Government Minister,
shares responsibility for the
regime’s violent repression against
the civilian population.

23.3.2012

6.

Joseph Suwaid
(aka Joseph Jergi
Sweid)

Born 1958 in Damascus

Minister of State. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

23.3.2012

EN 16.10.2012 Official Journal of the European Union L 282/13

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

7.

Eng Hussein
Mahmoud Farzat
(aka Hussein
Mahmud Farzat)

Born 1957 in Hama

Minister of State. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

23.3.2012

8.

Mansour Fadlallah
Azzam
(aka Mansur Fadl
Allah Azzam)

Born 1960 in the Sweida
Province

Minister for Presidency Affairs. As
Government Minister, shares
responsibility for the regime’s
violent repression against the
civilian population.

27.2.2012

9.

Dr Emad
Abdul-Ghani
Sabouni
(aka Imad Abdul
Ghani Al Sabuni)

Born 1964 in Damascus

Minister for Telecommunications
and Technology. As Government
Minister, shares responsibility for
the regime’s violent repression
against the civilian population.

27.2.2012

10.

General Ali Habib
Mahmoud

Born 1939 in Tartous

Former Minister for Defence.
Associated with the Syrian regime
and the Syrian military, and its
violent repression against the
civilian population.

1.8.2011

11.

Tayseer Qala
Awwad

Born 1943 in Damascus

Former Minister for Justice.
Associated with the Syrian regime
and its violent repression against
the civilian population.

23.9.2011

12.

Dr Adnan Hassan
Mahmoud

Born 1966 in Tartous

Former Minister for Information.
Associated with the Syrian regime
and its violent repression against
the civilian population.

23.9.2011

13.

Dr Mohammad
Nidal Al-Shaar

Born 1956 in Aleppo

Former Minister for Economy and
Trade. Associated with the Syrian
regime and its violent repression
against the civilian population.

1.12.2011

14.

Sufian Allaw

Born 1944 in al-Bukamal, Deir
Ezzor

Former Minister for Oil and
Mineral Resources. Associated
with the regime and its violent
repression against the civilian
population.

27.2.2012

15.

Dr Adnan Slakho

Born 1955 in Damascus

Former Minister for Industry.
Associated with the regime and its
violent repression against the
civilian population.

27.2.2012

16.

Dr Saleh Al-Rashed

Born 1964 in Aleppo Province

Former Minister for Education.
Associated with the regime and its
violent repression against the
civilian population.

27.2.2012

17.

Dr Fayssal Abbas

Born 1955 in Hama Province

Former Minister for Transport.
Associated with the regime and its
violent repression against the
civilian population.

27.2.2012

EN L 282/14 Official Journal of the European Union 16.10.2012

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

18.

Ghiath Jeraatli

Born 1950 in Salamiya

Former Minister of State.
Associated with the regime and its
violent repression against the
civilian population.

23.3.2012

19.

Yousef Suleiman
Al-Ahmad

Born 1956 in Hasaka

Former Minister of State.
Associated with the regime and its
violent repression against the
civilian population.

23.3.2012

20.

Hassan Al-Sari

Born 1953 in Hama

Former Minister of State.
Associated with the regime and its
violent repression against the
civilian population.

23.3.2012

III. The persons and entity listed below shall be removed from the list of natural or legal persons, entities or bodies set
out in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 36/2012:

1. Salim Altoun

2. Youssef Klizli

3. Altoun Group

EN 16.10.2012 Official Journal of the European Union L 282/15

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