The Treasury Department is targeting 11 companies and individuals suspected of providing energy products the Syrian government of Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) is using in the conflict there.
Treasury says many of those targeted are front companies the Syrian government has used to evade U.S. and European Union sanctions.
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Monday's action freezes any assets the entities have in U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits Americans from doing business with them.
Seven companies and four individuals associated with those companies were sanctioned.