OFAC designates Revolutionary Guard

US Treasury Logo 1The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under Executive Order 13224 for its “activities in support of the IRGC-Qods Force… for providing support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hizballah and Hamas, as well as to the Taliban”. OFAC also designated 4 other entities (Shahid Alamolhoda Industries, Rastafann, Ranamoj and Wuhan Sanjiang Import and Export Co Ltd) under EO 13382, which targets WMD proliferators and their supporters, for their support to the IRGC or the Iranian military. For the OFAC press release, click here.

EU extends ISIL sanctions for 1 year & de-lists 1 person

The EU has extended its sanctions on ISIL & AL-Qaida until 31 October 2018. It has also deleted the entry for Zulkifli Abdul Hir, implementing his deletion from the UN’s sanctions lists.

See Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1560 amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1571 amending Council Regulation 881/2002.

US sanctions ISIL finance emir

OFAC has designated Muhammad Al-Mansur, an Iraqi national resident in Turkey, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for acting as a finance emir for ISIL. He is said to have been involved with al-Qaida in Iraq since 2009, acting as a fundraiser, and to have laundered and transferred substantial sums of money on behalf of ISIL since around 2014. Since 2016, he is said to have been responsible for selling crude oil that ISIL extracted from oil fields in Iraq and Syria.

In the US Treasury’s press release, OFAC Director John Smith said that the Treasury “continues to work in close collaboration with the Government of Iraq to dismantle ISIS financial networks”. Details of the listing are here.

EU adds Trinidadian man to sanctions on ISIL

The EU has added Trinidadian Shane Dominic Crawford to its sanctions on ISIL & AL-Qaida, in order to implement his UN listing.  The UN listed Mr Crawford earlier this month for serving as an English language propagandist for ISIL in print and video media.  He is believed to be in Syria, where it is thought he also serves as a sniper.  He is wanted in Trinidad and Tobago for firearm related offences and larceny, and was once arrested on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister and several members of its government.

See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1500 amending Council Regulation (EU) 881/2002.  The EU’s notice to him is here.

EU amends terrorist listing to show person was killed

The EU has implemented a UN amendment to the identifying information given for Rustam Magomedovich, listed on UN sanctions against ISIL & Al-Qaida. The amendment states that he was killed on 3 December 2016, and does not say why he continues to be UN designated.

See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1488 amending Council Regulation (EC) 881/2002.

US designates 2 ISIL leaders

The US State Department has designated 2 leaders of ISIL, Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.  Mr Alkhald is said to be an ISIL bomb-maker who served as explosives chief of the terrorist cell that carried out the November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels.  Mr al-Iraqi is a senior ISIL figure who is responsible for ISIL security in Iraq and Syria, including that of ISIL’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The details of the listings are here.

US designates Pakistani militant group Hizbul Mujahideen

The US Department of State has designated the Pakistani militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and Specially Designated Global Terrorist.  Formed in 1989, HM is said to be one of the largest and oldest militant groups operating in the region and has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosive attack in Jammu and Kashmir which injured 17 people.

The details of the listing are here.