Washington — The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on four commanders and two military units in Myanmar over their involvement in alleged ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population. The sanctions against Myanmar, also known as Burma, will freeze the US assets of the military officials and prohibit American citizens and businesses from engaging in business with them. The penalties appear narrowly targeted toward individuals and units who conducted specific acts of violence in a civil war that has seen hundreds of thousands of minority Muslim Rohingya refugees flee the country. Those sanctioned include Aung Kyaw Zaw, who oversaw military and border police operations that resulted in the death of thousands of people in what the US government calls an ethnic cleansing; Khin Maung Soe, who oversaw security forces who reportedly beat, killed, and sexually assaulted dozens of people; Thura San Lwin, whose subordinates are accused of extrajudicial killings; and Kh...

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