Vang Vieng, Laos: Photography by C4ADS
Samer Foz is a key Assad regime henchman designated by the United States along with his siblings and ten of their businesses in Syria, Lebanon, and the UAE. C4ADS, using publicly-available information (PAI), identified 18 unsanctioned companies that are likely linked to Samer Foz in Turkey, Lebanon, and the UAE. They could enable the Foz network to continue its support for the Assad regime and profit despite US sanctions. They could also help the Foz siblings protect their assets from Assad’s regime and benefit from the Syrian reconstruction process.
Every tool of war tells a story. For South Sudan, a country with no domestic weapons manufacturing and ongoing civil conflict, every weapon reflects international intermediaries and middle men that profit from procurement. In the fall of 2014, amidst ongoing civil war with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in-Opposition (SPLA-IO), the government of South Sudan purchased Russian-made amphibious vehicles (AMVs). With the purchase of these AMVs, the government forces acquired a unique degree of mobility to maneuver in wetlands, extending the reach of their attacks, including deliberate attacks directed at civilians.