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Mohamed Nasif Khayrbik

Position: Deputy Vice President

Sanctions: US (January 10, 2008) & EU (April 12, 2011)

The United States sanctioned Khayrbik on January 10, 2008 for “contributing to the government of Syria’s problematic behavior,” including the pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, as well as undermining US and international efforts in Iraq.[1]

According to leaked US government cables, Khayrbik has an extremely close relationship with the Iranian regime and Hezbollah, Iran’s Shiite proxy organization in Lebanon.[2]

The European Union also sanctioned Khayrbik on April 12, 2011 for his involvement in violence against the civilian Syrian population.[3]


[1]“Recent OFAC Actions,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, January 10, 2008.                                                                                  (http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20080110.aspx)

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

[1]The Council of the European Union, “Council Implementing Decision 2011/302/CFSP of 23 May 2011 implementing Decision 2011/273/CFSP Concerning Restrictive Measures against Syria,” Official Journal of the European Union, May 23, 2011, p. 136/93.                                              (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:136:0091:0094:EN:PDF)