Today the U.S. issued 271 sanctions in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, the AP reports. 

The sanctions are imposed on employees of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), the Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them, the White House confirmed. 

"These sweeping sanctions target the scientific support center for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's horrific chemical weapons attack on innocent civilian men, women, and children.  The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. 

"We take Syria's disregard for innocent human life very seriously, and will relentlessly pursue and shut down the financial networks of all individuals involved with the production of chemical weapons used to commit these atrocities,' Mnuchin added. 

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