Today, US Treasury designated 18 people and 5 entities in response to “the continued violence committed by the Government of Syria, led by Bashar al-Assad, against its own citizens”. Press release here. The designated individuals and entities are said to have provided support or services to the Government of Syria, acted as senior officials of the Government of Syria, supported designated individuals and entities, or aided Syria’s weapons of mass destruction program. These measures were imposed pursuant to 3 Executive Orders related to Syria: E.O. 13582, which targets the Government of Syria and its supporters; E.O. 13573, which targets senior officials of the Government of Syria; and E.O. 13572, which targets persons responsible for human rights abuses in Syria, and includes designations pursuant to E.O. 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters.