Congress moved this week to tighten the economic noose on the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, passing new sanctions that directly target his military alliance with Russia and Iran that has resulted in scores of civilian casualties.

The new sanctions on Assad seek to “halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people” by hitting the regime’s financial and military alliances with Russia and Iran, both of which have provided Assad and his allies with military hardware and manpower, according to a copy of the bill viewed by the Free Beacon.

The legislation is said to be the direct result of an anti-Assad activist who smuggled more than 50,000 photos from the country exposing a cadre of war crimes, including the torture and execution of Syrian citizens and activists. The photographs played a key role is exposing to the world the Assad regime’s actions at a time when little news was making its way out of the country.

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