BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – The European Union (EU) sanctioned 16 Syrian nationals, including some military officials, for the chemical weapons attack on the Idlib Governorate town of Khan Sheikhoun in early April.

Among the 16 Syrians sanctioned by the E.U. was the popular Syrian military commander Major General Issam Zahreddine of the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard.

General Zahreddine was accused by the E.U. of carrying out the siege of Bab ‘Amr in 2012 and repressing protesters during the demonstrations in 2011.

“Holds (Zahreddine) the rank of Brigadier General, a senior officer in the Republican Guard, in post after May 2011. As a senior military officer he is responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population, including during the siege of Baba Amr in February 2012,” the E.U. stated in their reasons for sanctions.

Despite commanding the Syrian Armed Forces in the Deir Ezzor campaign, the E.U. accused General Zahreddine of playing a role in the chemical weapons attack that was blamed on the government.

A high-ranking Syrian Army officer told Al-Masdar News on Thursday that the E.U. claims were ‘absurd’ and lacking merit; especially in regards to General Zahreddine.

The officer stated “how can a man fighting Da’esh (ISIL) in eastern Syria for the last three years be involved in such an attack?”

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jmNZ
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2017-07-21 00:12

This outrageous behaviour by the EU makes me thoroughly ashamed to be a EU citizen.
The EU should be heaping honours particularly on Zahreddine for saving them from ISIS tyranny.
Do not listen to Juncker, Macron or any of the other slaves of propaganda. They do not represent the peoples of Europe who fortunately know better, partly thanks to news outlets like al-Masdar.

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2017-07-21 04:03
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Baaah, these are non-consequences sanctions, I bet that the Trump proposed to no sign the recently congress voted law sanctioning companies working at building pipelines with the Russians if they did this! Note that Northstream is being built between Russia and Germany while Southstream is built between Russia and Bulgaria, thus bypassing Ukraine and Poland as these are under-sea pipeline. Can be linked to NATO military procurement too. So, it was “well, OK, let’s please those f*****g Muricans or else they’re gonna pissing us again” and then we have sanctions on accusations that would fall flat if challenged at the… Read more »

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2017-07-21 09:20
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The EU under its present shape is a Rothschild intervenionist tool , committed to further the interests of the banking blood-sucking elite of the financialized dysfunctional economy . It must be dissolved , there is no cure , the cancer has grown to the bone. A possible new start for a united Europe must await a generation or two. This current EU has proved to be a disaster for the citizens , bonus for the top of the elite.

Thirdeye
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2017-07-21 00:24

Something tells me EU sanctions are low on the list of Zahreddine’s concerns right now.

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2017-07-21 03:52
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Yup, actually, these even sound like the kinda bullshitting EU is capable ‘coz US DoS/WH is pressuring them through NATO, maybe refusing to deliver spareparts for some EU’s AF’s F-16s or C-130s while, in the end, these sanctions have no practical effect, hey, Zahreddine is stranded in Deir-Ezzor for 3 years… It’s HIGH TIME we build up the EU-Defence Forces and use only EU-made equipments. I’m absolutely serious about this : when we refused to participate Iraq’s invasion, no more spare parts for our E-2, E-3, (hopefully very few) C-130, KC-135 and even catapults on the aircraft-carrier. At the contrary,… Read more »

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay
2017-07-20 23:16

EU politicians are drunks politicians …

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2017-07-21 04:32

No, not at all : They’re telling what the Muricans wants to hear while doing… NOTHING! Look at some pseudo support to US by French diplomacy when Ayrault was FM and same for the Germans or even others while… Erdolf and al-Jubeir JOINTLY complained that actually EU wasn’t helping AT ALL to remove Assad, ROFL!!!! Look, banning Zahreddine to travel EU on ground of participating alleged chemical attacks while he’s stranded in Deir-Ezzor, was never in a position to participate such an attack and moreover, OPCW destroyed SAA alleged responsibility for the 2013 Goutha one and the last that happened… Read more »