U.S. Treasury Imposes Sanctions Against Syria’s Bank

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer
The United States has imposed financial sanctions on Syria’s largest commercial bank and its largest mobile telephone operator, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.
Treasury announced the sanctions August 10 against the Commercial
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