Yesterday, OFAC designated Syrian national Nasif Barakat and the Syria-based Barakat Transnational Criminal Organisation (TCO) pursuant to Executive Order 13581 (asset freezes imposed). The Barakat TCO is said to be a “human smuggling organisation… that facilitates the smuggling of Syrian and Lebanese nationals to the United States border”. Mr Barakat was designated for being the organisation’s “leader”. OFAC Notice here, and US Treasury press release here. These are not chemical weapons-related designations.