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Dawood Rajiha

Position: Former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces

Sanctions: US (March 30, 2012) & EU (May 23, 2011)

The United States government sanctioned Dawood Rajiha on March 30, 2012, for his role in the Syrian regime’s continued use of violence against its people.[1] According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, “Dawood Rajiha was appointed Minister of Defense on August 10, 2011 and was reportedly chosen for his loyalty to the [Assad] regime.”[2]

The European Union previously sanctioned Rajiha on May 23, 2011, holding him responsible for the Syrian military’s involvement in violence against peaceful protesters.[3]

Rajiha was among four Syrian officials killed in a bombing at the national security bureau in Damascus on July 18, 2012.[4]


[1]“Treasury Designates Syrian Government Officials,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, March 30, 2012.                                   (http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1517.aspx)

[2]“Treasury Designates Syrian Government Officials,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, March 30, 2012.                                   (http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1517.aspx)

[3]The Council of the European Union, “Council Decision 2011/782/CFSP of 1 December 2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures against Syria and Repealing Decision 2011/273/CFSP.” Official Journal of the European Union, December 2, 2011, p. 319/63.                                                            (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:319:0056:0070:EN:PDF)

[4]Patrick Brennan, “Key Syrian Officials Killed in Bomb Attack,” National Review Online, July 18, 2012.                                                                   (http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/309852/key-syrian-officials-killed-bombing-attack-patrick-brennan)