The Federal government last week announced sanctions against an Iraqi firm and two Iraqi nationals for allegedly funneling weapons to Iraqi insurgents.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says the designated firm has acted as a conduit through which millions of dollars of arms have been delivered to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), which is a previously-designated branch of the IRGC that allegedly provides material support to a number of terrorist groups in the region, including the Taliban, Lebanese Hizballah, HAMAS, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The IRGC is also a designated organization as of 2017, and the Secretary of State declared it a Foreign Terrorist Organization earlier this year.
In addition to providing aid to IRGC-QF, the firm and two individuals have cooperated to enrich Iraqi military adviser Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who has himself been designated by OFAC in the past. Al-Muhandis is in the employ of IRGC-QF Commander Qasem Soleimani who is suspected to have been involved in several embassy bombings and assassination attempts in the area.
On top of OFAC designations, the Federal government also designated the two individuals and one firm as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which applies to terrorists and those who support terrorists or aid in terrorist acts.
As with all such designations, the parties designated last week are legally prohibited from exercising rights to property they may own in the jurisdiction of the United States, and American citizens are forbidden to knowingly conduct business with them.
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