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Aus Aslan

Position: General in Syrian Military’s Fourth Armored Division

Sanctions: US (December 1, 2011)

The United States sanctioned Aus Aslan on December 1, 2011, for serving as a commander in a “key regime protection unit.”[1] Aslan is a general in the Syrian military and commander in the Fourth Armored Division, and according to Al Arabiya, he was tasked with “crushing the uprising.”[2]

The Fourth Armored Division was involved in the brutal crackdown in Dera’a, the epicenter of Syrian protests where hundreds were killed, including several children.[3] By late April 2011, the same division was shelling residential areas of Dera’a and rounding up suspected protesters.[4]


[1]“Treasury Sanctions High-Ranking Syrians, Identifies Government-Controlled Businesses,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, December 1, 2011.


[2]Ali Younes, “Obama Is Not Committed to Military Intervention in Syria, Yet,” Al Arabiya, March 27, 2012.


[3]Adrian Blomfield, “Maher Assad: Profile of the Syrian President’s Feared Brother,” The Daily Telegraph, June 9, 2011.


[4]“Bashar Al-Assad’s Inner Circle,” BBC News, May 18, 2011. (