Position: Former Head of the Syrian Political Security Directorate in Dera’a Province
Sanctions: US (April 29, 2011)
The United States government sanctioned Atif Najib, a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad, on April 29, 2011, for his involvement in the initial crackdown on protesters in Dera’a Province, where he formerly served as head of the Syrian Political Security Directorate.
“Executive Order 13572,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, April 29, 2011, p. 3. (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Documents/13572.pdf)