US sanctions Syria intel officer, warns against restoring ties with Assad regime

Men walk amid rubble of destroyed building in Tadamon neighborhood near the Palestinian Yarmuk camp in the south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on November 3, 2018. (AFP)

Amjad Yousef, an Assad regime military intelligence officer, murdered at least 41 unarmed civilians in Tadamon in 2013, the top US diplomat said.

The US sanctioned a Syrian intelligence officer on Monday, accusing him of “coldly and methodically” murdering at least 41 unarmed civilians in 2013 and warning countries against normalizing ties with the Assad regime.

Next month will mark 12 years since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, which has pitted the Assad regime, backed by Iran and Russia, against opposition groups, some of which have turned into terror organizations.

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed during the yearslong war, many of which have been victims of the Assad regime’s brutal tactics.

Legal bodies and much of the international community have asserted that the Assad regime committed war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout the years.

“One of these atrocities was a massacre committed in Tadamon, a neighborhood of Damascus, where on April 16, 2013, Amjad Yousef, an Assad regime military intelligence officer, murdered at least 41 unarmed civilians,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

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