The member states of the Terrorist Financing Target Center (TFTC), which includes Saudi Arabia, have designated 16 individuals, entities and groups as terrorists, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
Established in 2017, the TFTC comprises the US, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and aims to strengthen efforts to combat regional money laundering and terrorist financing networks.
The individuals and entities, previously designated by the US, include three individuals and two groups affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qds Force (IRGC-QF), four individuals and a company affiliated with ISIS, and six financiers . Boko Haram.
Affiliated to IRGC
A Lebanese, identified as Ali Qasir and two Iranians, Meghdad Amini and Murtaza Hashmi, have been named to be affiliated with the IRGC-QF and Lebanon’s “terrorist” Hezbollah party.
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According to the US Treasury, Amini and Kasir oversee a network of about 20 people and front companies in several countries aimed at funding Hezbollah and IRGC-QF to “facilitate the sale of gold, electronics, worth tens of millions of dollars”. and foreign exchange. ,
Hashmi directs several companies based out of Hong Kong and mainland China and has taken advantage of “access to the international financial system to launder vast amounts of money for IRGC-QF and Hezbollah”.
The two groups designated for affiliation with the IRGC are Saraya al-Mukhtar and Saraya al-Ashtar which targeted Bahrain and received financial, military and military support from the IRGC.
According to the US Treasury, Saraya al-Mukhtar planned attacks targeting US personnel in Bahrain, while Saraya al-Ashtar targeted security forces in Bahrain and communicated with the governments of Britain, Saudi Arabia and the US via social media. encouraged violence against
Allied to ISIS and its branches
As well as one company, four individuals were named for their links with ISIS and its branches.
They were identified as Ismatullah Khalozai, an Afghan national affiliated with ISIS-Khorsan province, and Ala Khanfurah, Bara al-Qatirji and Hussam al-Qatirji, a Syrian civilian affiliated with ISIS.
Bara al-Qatirji and Hussam al-Qatirji al-Qatirji are the founders of the company, which was also named for facilitating the sale of oil to ISIS and for cooperating with IRGC-QF.
According to the US Treasury, the al-Qatirji company, which is based in Syria, has also delivered weapons from Iraq to Syria. In 2016, it provided supplies to ISIS-controlled areas.
“In the 2016 trade agreement between the Syrian government and ISIS, the al-Qatirji company was identified as a special agent for providing supplies to ISIS-controlled areas, including oil and other commodities,” the US Treasury said.
Join Boko Haram
The six Nigerians, identified as Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Mohamed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Al-Hasan and Surajo Abubakar Mohamed, have been identified as having been involved in raising funds in the UAE and providing financial assistance to Boko Haram. was designated to set up a cell for Nigeria.
A UAE court found all six men guilty in 2019, the US Treasury said, after they transferred $782,000 from Dubai to Boko Haram in Nigeria.
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