UN & US terrorist designations

Terrorist.jpgLast week (9 August), the UN Security Council added Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list. He will now be subject to a UN asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. See UN press release and narrative summary for listing. The EU implemented this UN listing yesterday, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1138. UK OFSI Notice here.

Earlier this week (13 August), the US State Department designated Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (asset freeze). According to the Department of State press release, “[Mr Ahmed] is an Iran-based leader of al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT that seeks to overthrow the Bahraini government. [Mr Ahmed] has recruited terrorists in Bahrain, facilitated training on weapons and explosives for AAB members, and supplied AAB members with funding, weapons, and explosives to carry out attacks.” OFAC Notice here.

US designates 3 Pakistani nationals as global terrorists

US Flag.jpgToday, the US has designated 3 Pakistani nationals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, pursuant to Executive Order 13224 (asset freezes imposed).

Hameed ul Hassan, Abdul Jabbar and Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil were designated for their links with Lashkar-e Tayyiba, a US-designated terrorist organisation based in Pakistan. See OFAC Notice, Treasury press release, and Department of State press release.

EU adds Algerian national to ISIL & A-Q sanctions list

Terrorist.jpgThe EU has added Algerian national Rabah Tahari to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda sanctions list (asset freeze imposed). See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1000, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/999, and UK OFSI Notice.

This is the second person to be designated under these sanctions. French national Fabien Clain was the first to be designated in February 2018 (previous blog).

US sanctions Iran-backed terrorist group al-Ashtar Brigades

US Department of StateToday, the US Department of State has designated al-Ashtar Brigades, “an Iran-backed terrorist group in Bahrain”, as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO), pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), pursuant to section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. As a result, the group will now be subject to US asset freezing measures. See OFAC Notice and State Department Press Release.

In March 2017, the State Department designated two al-Ashtar Brigades-affiliated individuals as SDGTs (see here).

OFAC removes Sudan Sanctions Regulations

US Treasury BuildingIn October 2017, we reported that the US had revoked economic sanctions with respect to Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412 (previous blog).

Yesterday (28 June 2018), OFAC removed from the Code of Federal Regulations the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations as a result of the revocation of certain provisions of Executive Order 13067 and the entirety of Executive Order 13412 on which the Regulations had been based.

In addition, OFAC has amended the Terrorism List Government Sanctions Regulations to incorporate a general licence authorising certain transactions related to exports of agricultural commodities, medicines, and medical devices (the licence had previously only appeared on the OFAC website). See OFAC Notice here.

UN & EU add 2 people to ISIL & Al-Qaida sanctions list

UNSCOn 18 June 2018, the UN Security Council added 2 Filipino nationals to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list: Myrna Ajijul Mabanza (UN reasons for listing) and Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar (UN reasons for listing). As a result, both individuals will be subject to asset freezes, travel bans and a prohibition to supply/sell them arms and related material. UN press release here.

On 21 June 2018, the EU implemented both of those UN listings by adopting Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/888. UK OFSI Notice here.

OFAC sanctions “Hizballah financing network and Iranian conduit”

OFAC3Yesterday, OFAC designated “Hizballah financier” Mohammad Ibrahim Bazzi and “Hizballah’s representative to Iran” Abdallah Safi-Al-Din as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs), pursuant to Executive Order 13224. The following 5 companies were also designated as SDGTs for being owned or controlled by Mr Bazzi: Global Trading Group NV (Belgian energy services conglomerate); Euro African Group LTD (Gambia-based petroleum and petroleum products company); Africa Middle East Investment Holding SAL (Lebanon-based); Premier Investment Group SAL Offshore (Lebanon-based); and Car Escort Services S.A.L. Off Shore (CES) (Lebanon-based import/export company; also linked to another SDGT). As a result, asset freezing measures have been imposed on all individuals and companies designated in this action. See OFAC Notice and US Treasury press release.

These designations follow President Trump’s decision last week to cease US participation in the JCPOA and to reimpose US sanctions on Iran. They have been made in “furtherance of the goal of addressing the totality of Iran’s malign activities and regionally destabilizing behaviour, including that of Hizballah”, and they “complement” 3 other recent OFAC actions, see here, here and here.

US designates ‘ISIS in the Greater Sahara’ and its ‘leader’

US Department of StateYesterday, the US Department of State designated ISIS in the Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, pursuant to s 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Department also designated ISIS-GS and its “leader”, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, pursuant to section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (asset freezes imposed).

ISIS-GS is “primarily based in Mali” and operates “along the Mali-Niger border”. The group has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the 4 October 2017 attack on joint US-Nigerian patrol in the region of Tongo Tongo, Niger, which is said to have killed 4 US soldiers and 5 Nigerian soldiers. See OFAC Notice and US Department of State press release.