UPDATE 1-U.S. Treasury targets Syrian banker, front companies for sanctions

March 31, 2015 3:09 PM

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WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a Syrian official and three front companies it said were helping the Syrian government, which has been engaged in a bloody civil war.

"We are determined to use our financial tools to raise the costs to the Syrian government of its illicit activities," said Adam Szubin, acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

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