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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.

(http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1373.aspx)

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

(http://english.alarabiya.net/views/2012/03/27/203484.html)

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

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/8565025/Maher-Assad-profile-of-the-Syrian-presidents-feared-brother.html)

[4]“Bashar Al-Assad’s Inner Circle,” BBC News, May 18, 2011. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13216195)