The United States government levied sanctions last week against two Trinidadian men they say have been instrumental in funding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for several years.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says Emraan Ali and Eddie Aleong helped provide financial support for ISIS from and through Trinidad and Tobago to ISIS forces in Syria.
According to OFAC, Ali, who is a dual U.S. and Trinidadian citizen, has orchestrated or otherwise participated in money transfers to ISIS at least as far back as early last year. The Office says he sent money transfers to a myriad of Trinidadian individuals in Syria, with his participation escalating in ISIS when he relocated to Raqqah, Syria in the summer of 2015.
Aleong was also saddled with a designation by OFAC due to his alleged involvement in funding ISIS in a similar manner as that allegedly engaged in by Ali. However, Aleong is not known to have relocated to Syria. OFAC alleges that he worked with Ali as recently as March of this year. OFAC also alleges Aleong with attempting to connect with a third party to funnel funds through Ali to Trinidadian ISIS operatives in Syria in early 2017.
With this designation, Ali and Aleong will be prohibited from exercising rights to property located within the jurisdiction of the United States, and United States citizens will be barred from knowingly conducting business with them.