Specially Designated Global Terrorists [SDGT] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on September 13, 2012

September 14, 2012

On September 13, 2012, OFAC has added [SDGT] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDGT] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN List list:

AL FIQAR, Dhu (a.k.a. BADR AL DIN, Mustafa; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Amine; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Youssef; a.k.a. ISSA, Sami; a.k.a. SAAB, Elias Fouad; a.k.a. SA’B, Ilyas), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Apr 1961; POB Al-Ghobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

BADR AL DIN, Mustafa (a.k.a. AL FIQAR, Dhu; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Amine; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Youssef; a.k.a. ISSA, Sami; a.k.a. SAAB, Elias Fouad; a.k.a. SA’B, Ilyas), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Apr 1961; POB Al-Ghobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

BADREDDINE, Mustafa Amine (a.k.a. AL FIQAR, Dhu; a.k.a. BADR AL DIN, Mustafa; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Youssef; a.k.a. ISSA, Sami; a.k.a. SAAB, Elias Fouad; a.k.a. SA’B, Ilyas), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Apr 1961; POB Al-Ghobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

BADREDDINE, Mustafa Youssef (a.k.a. AL FIQAR, Dhu; a.k.a. BADR AL DIN, Mustafa; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Amine; a.k.a. ISSA, Sami; a.k.a. SAAB, Elias Fouad; a.k.a. SA’B, Ilyas), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Apr 1961; POB Al-Ghobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

HAMIYAH, Talal (a.k.a. HAMIYAH, Talal Husni; a.k.a. MEZERANI, Ismat); DOB 27 Nov 1952; alt. DOB 18 Mar 1960; alt. DOB 05 Mar 1958; alt. DOB 08 Dec 1958; POB Tarayya, Lebanon; alt. POB Sojad, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon; citizen Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

HAMIYAH, Talal Husni (a.k.a. HAMIYAH, Talal; a.k.a. MEZERANI, Ismat); DOB 27 Nov 1952; alt. DOB 18 Mar 1960; alt. DOB 05 Mar 1958; alt. DOB 08 Dec 1958; POB Tarayya, Lebanon; alt. POB Sojad, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon; citizen Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

ISSA, Sami (a.k.a. AL FIQAR, Dhu; a.k.a. BADR AL DIN, Mustafa; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Amine; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Youssef; a.k.a. SAAB, Elias Fouad; a.k.a. SA’B, Ilyas), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Apr 1961; POB AlGhobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

MEZERANI, Ismat (a.k.a. HAMIYAH, Talal; a.k.a. HAMIYAH, Talal Husni); DOB 27 Nov 1952; alt. DOB 18 Mar 1960; alt. DOB 05 Mar 1958; alt. DOB 08 Dec 1958; POB Tarayya, Lebanon; alt. POB Sojad, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon; citizen Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

SAAB, Elias Fouad (a.k.a. AL FIQAR, Dhu; a.k.a. BADR AL DIN, Mustafa; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Amine; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Youssef; a.k.a. ISSA, Sami; a.k.a. SA’B, Ilyas), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Apr 1961; POB AlGhobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

SA’B, Ilyas (a.k.a. AL FIQAR, Dhu; a.k.a. BADR AL DIN, Mustafa; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Amine; a.k.a. BADREDDINE, Mustafa Youssef; a.k.a. ISSA, Sami; a.k.a. SAAB, Elias Fouad), Beirut, Lebanon; DOB 06 Apr 1961; POB AlGhobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon (individual) [SDGT].

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Treasury Designates Hizballah Leadership

9/13/2012
Actions Target Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah’s Support to the

Assad Regime and Hizballah Senior Officials

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today imposed sanctions against Hizballah’s leadership in Lebanon, further exposing Hizballah’s active support to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as its role in terrorist activities.

Hasan Nasrallah, Hizballah’s Secretary General, is being designated today pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13582, for providing support to the Syrian government. Mustafa Badr Al-Din and Talal Hamiyah, two senior terrorist leaders of Hizballah, are being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13224, for providing support to Hizballah’s terrorist activities in the Middle East and around the world.

“By aiding Assad’s violent campaign against the Syrian people and working to support a regime that will inevitably fall, Hizballah’s ongoing activity undermines regional stability and poses a direct threat to Lebanon’s security,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Hizballah’s actions, overseen by Hasan Nasrallah and executed by Mustafa Badr Al-Din and Talal Hamiyah, clearly reveal its true nature as a terrorist and criminal organization.”

Hizballah and its leader Hasan Nasrallah have sought to depict their organization as a social and political party, as well as a resistance movement. These efforts are belied by the facts: Hizballah consistently uses terrorism against civilian targets to achieve its goals, and this trend has only increased recently. The last year has witnessed Hizballah’s most aggressive terrorist plotting outside the Middle East since the 1990s. Moreover, in recent months Hizballah has also played an increasingly active role in providing support to the Government of Syria, further enabling the regime to carry out its bloody campaign against the Syrian people.

Under the Assad regime, Syria has been a longstanding supporter of Hizballah — providing safe haven to Hizballah and routing weapons, in many cases from Iran, to Hizballah in Lebanon. Hizballah, under the direction of Nasrallah, is now returning the favor by providing training, advice, and extensive logistical support to the Government of Syria as the Assad regime continues to wreak havoc on the Syrian people through the use of terror and violence — Hizballah’s area of expertise.

Today’s designations build upon a number of actions that the U.S. government has taken against Hizballah over the years for its support for terrorism and its role in supporting the violence being perpetrated by the Assad regime against the Syrian people. Hizballah was designated for its support to the Government of Syria pursuant to E.O. 13582 in August 2012. It was also named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to E.O. 13224 in October 2001, and listed in the Annex to E.O. 12947 as a Specially Designated Terrorist (SDT) in January 1995. Hasan Nasrallah was designated pursuant to E.O. 12947 in January 1995.

Hasan Nasrallah

Since the beginning of the Syrian people’s courageous campaign in early 2011 to secure their universal rights, Hizballah Secretary-General Hasan Nasrallah has overseen Hizballah’s efforts to help the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown on the Syrian civilian population by providing training, advice, and extensive logistical support to the Government of Syria. Hizballah has directly trained Syrian government personnel inside Syria and has facilitated the training of Syrian forces by Iran’s terrorist arm, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Also under Nasrallah, Hizballah has played a substantial role in efforts to expel Syrian opposition forces from areas within Syria and coordinated its support to the Government of Syria with IRGC-QF and senior Syrian government officials. Indeed, under the direction of Nasrallah, Hizballah since mid-2012 has escalated its support to the Government of Syria.

Mustafa Badr Al-Din

Mustafa Badr Al-Din is a senior Hizballah official who is believed to have replaced his cousin, Imad Mughniyah, as Hizballah’s top militant commander after Mughniyah’s 2008 death. In June 2011, the prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon charged Mustafa Badr Al-Din with the attack on February 14, 2005 that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 21 others.

Talal Hamiyah

Talal Hamiyah is the head of Hizballah’s External Security Organization (ESO), which maintains organized cells worldwide. The ESO is the Hizballah element responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of terrorist attacks outside of Lebanon.

Identifying Information

Individual: Mustafa Badr Al Din

AKA: Badreddine, Mustafa Youssef

AKA: Badreddine, Mustafa Amine

AKA: Saab, Elias Fouad

AKA: Sa’b, Ilyas

AKA: Issa, Sami

AKA: Dhu Al-Fiqar

DOB: April 06, 1961

POB: Al-Ghobeiry, Beirut, Lebanon

Individual: Talal Hamiyah

AKA: Talal Husni Hamiyah

AKA: Ismat Mezarani

DOB No. 1: 27 Nov 1952

DOB No. 2: 5 March 1958

DOB No. 3: 18 March 1960

DOB No. 4: 8 December 1958

POB No. 1: Taria, Lebanon

POB No. 2: Tarayya, Lebanon

POB No. 3: Sojad, Lebanon

Citizenship: Lebanese

Nationality: Lebanese

Individual: Hasan Nasrallah

AKA: Nasrallah, Hasan Abd-al-Karim

DOB No. 1: 31 Aug 1960

DOB No. 2: 31 Aug 1953

DOB No. 3: 31 Aug 1955

DOB No. 4: 31 Aug 1958

POB: Al Basuriyah, Lebanon

Passport: 042833 (Lebanon)

Title: Secretary-General of Hizballah”

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[SYRIA] [SDT] [FTO] [SDGT] Entries Changed on OFAC’s SDN List on August 10, 2012

August 10, 2012

Today, OFAC has changed [SYRIA] [SDT] [FTO] [SDGT] Entries on the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SYRIA] [SDT] [FTO] [SDGT] entries have been changed:

ANSAR ALLAH (a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO][SDGT] [SDT]. -to- ANSAR ALLAH (a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

HIZBALLAH (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- HIZBALLAH (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

ISLAMIC JIHAD (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- ISLAMIC JIHAD (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

PARTY OF GOD (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- PARTY OF GOD (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD) [FTO] [SDGT] [SDT]. -to- REVOLUTIONARY JUSTICE ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. ANSAR ALLAH; a.k.a. FOLLOWERS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED; a.k.a. HIZBALLAH; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE; a.k.a. ISLAMIC JIHAD ORGANIZATION; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF RIGHT AGAINST WRONG; a.k.a. ORGANIZATION OF THE OPPRESSED ON EARTH; a.k.a. PARTY OF GOD)[FTO] [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA].

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Treasury Targets Hizballah for Supporting the Assad Regime

8/10/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated the terrorist group Hizballah for providing support to the Government of Syria, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13582, which targets the Government of Syria and its supporters. This action highlights Hizballah’s activities within Syria and its integral role in the continued violence the Assad regime is inflicting on the Syrian population.

Since the beginning of the Syrian people’s courageous campaign in early 2011 to secure their universal rights, Hizballah has provided training, advice and extensive logistical support to the Government of Syria’s increasingly ruthless efforts to fight against the opposition. Hasan Nasrallah, Hizballah’s Secretary-General, has overseen Hizballah’s efforts to help the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown on the Syrian civilian population. Hizballah has directly trained Syrian government personnel inside Syria and has facilitated the training of Syrian forces by Iran’s terrorist arm, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Hizballah also has played a substantial role in efforts to expel Syrian opposition forces from areas within Syria.

“Hizballah’s extensive support to the Syrian government’s violent suppression of the Syrian people exposes the true nature of this terrorist organization and its destabilizing presence in the region,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Long after the Assad regime is gone, the people of Syria and the entire global community will remember that Hizballah, and its patron Iran, contributed to the regime’s murder of countless innocent Syrians.”

Hizballah has coordinated its support to the Government of Syria with the IRGC-QF and senior Syrian government officials. The IRGC-QF, which serves as a conduit for Iran’s material support to the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate (GID), was listed for sanctions in the Annex to E.O. 13572, which targets those responsible for human rights abuses in Syria. It had been previously sanctioned under E.O.13224 in October 2007 for its support to terrorists, including Hizballah. Qasem Soleimani, the long-time commander of the IRGC-QF, was also designated last year pursuant to E.O. 13572 for his personal support to the Syrian regime.

For years, Iran has also provided Hizballah with training, weapons and explosives, as well as political, diplomatic, monetary and organizational aid. The IRGC-QF’s continued cooperation and coordination with Hizballah has assisted the Syrian government’s efforts to violently crush opposition to Assad’s rule in Syria and highlights the combined Iranian and Syrian campaign to use their military resources and terrorist clients to inflict violence and suffering on the Syrian people and deny their legitimate democratic aspirations.

Hizballah was previously named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to E.O. 13224 in October 2001, and listed in the Annex to E.O. 12947 as a Specially Designated Terrorist (SDT) on January 23, 1995. Hasan Nasrallah was named an SDT pursuant to E.O. 12947 in January 1995.

In addition to the actions taken against the IRGC-QF and Qasem Soleimani in 2011 under E.O. 13572, the United States has repeatedly exposed Iran’s support for the ongoing violence perpetrated by the Syrian government. In June 2011, Treasury designated Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) which, like the IRGC-QF, provided material support to the Syrian GID; the LEF also dispatched personnel to Damascus to assist the Syrian government in its efforts to suppress the Syrian people. In February 2012, Treasury designated the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, Iran’s primary intelligence organization, for providing substantial technical assistance to the Syrian GID. With actions such as today’s designation, Treasury will continue to expose Iran’s provision of support to the Government of Syria as well as its continued support of Hizballah’s activities within Syria and throughout the region.

Identifying Information:

Name: Hizballah

AKA: Ansar Allah

AKA: Followers of the Prophet Muhammed

AKA: Islamic Jihad

AKA: Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine

AKA: Islamic Jihad Organization

AKA: Organization of Right against Wrong

AKA: Organization of the Oppressed on Earth

AKA: Party of God

AKA: Revolutionary Justice Organization”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on June 27, 2012

July 12, 2012

On June 27, 2012, OFAC has added [SDNTK] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

BODEGA MICHIGAN, Calle 10A 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 0081931 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

CHIBLI, Ibrahim (a.k.a. SHIBLI SHIBLI, Ibrahim); DOB 10 Oct 1965; POB Sour, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon (individual) [SDNTK].

HARB, Abass Hussein (a.k.a. HARB, Abbas Hussein), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia; Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 11 Nov 1979; POB Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 398329 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 398330 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 076592 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 041789 (Colombia); National Foreign ID Number 264521 (Colombia); National ID No. 21495203 (Venezuela); alt. National ID No. 22465548 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390001813 (Colombia); Passport 1368212 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA; Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A..

HARB, Abbas Hussein (a.k.a. HARB, Abass Hussein), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia; Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 11 Nov 1979; POB Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 398329 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 398330 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 076592 (Colombia); alt. Matricula Mercantil No 041789 (Colombia); National Foreign ID Number 264521 (Colombia); National ID No. 21495203 (Venezuela); alt. National ID No. 22465548 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390001813 (Colombia); Passport 1368212 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA; Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A..

HARB, Ali Houssein (a.k.a. HARB, Ali Hussein), Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; DOB 11 Aug 1976; alt. DOB 19 Aug 1976; nationality Lebanon; National Foreign ID Number 254291 (Colombia); National ID No. 26405022 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK].

HARB, Ali Hussein (a.k.a. HARB, Ali Houssein), Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia; DOB 11 Aug 1976; alt. DOB 19 Aug 1976; nationality Lebanon; National Foreign ID Number 254291 (Colombia); National ID No. 26405022 (Venezuela) (individual) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A., Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela; Tax ID No. RIF J-31069374-9 (Venezuela) [SDNTK].

IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, Carerra 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia; Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia; Matricula Mercantil No 398330 (Colombia) [SDNTK].

SALEH, Kassem Mohamad (a.k.a. SALEH, Qasim), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 10 Feb 1980; nationality Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 081931; National Foreign ID Number 22075502 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390003192 (Colombia); Passport 1243712 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.; Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

SALEH, Qasim (a.k.a. SALEH, Kassem Mohamad), Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela; Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia; DOB 10 Feb 1980; nationality Lebanon; Matricula Mercantil No 081931; National Foreign ID Number 22075502 (Venezuela); NIT # 6390003192 (Colombia); Passport 1243712 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.; Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

SHIBLI SHIBLI, Ibrahim (a.k.a. CHIBLI, Ibrahim); DOB 10 Oct 1965; POB Sour, Lebanon; nationality Lebanon (individual) [SDNTK].

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Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Linked to Drug Trafficker Ayman Joumaa and a Key Hizballah Supporter in South America

6/27/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four individuals and three entities involved in laundering the proceeds of narcotics trafficking for drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa. Treasury also designated a Colombia-based individual under its terrorism authority, Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, for directing Hizballah’s fundraising activities in the Americas. This individual was previously designated under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his role in narcotics-related money laundering. Today’s designations further expose Ayman Joumaa’s network as a major narcotics and money laundering enterprise that has reach throughout the Americas and the Middle East with links to Hizballah. As with the February 2011 action against Lebanese Canadian Bank, these actions again highlight Hizballah’s links to major South American narcotics money laundering organizations.

“The Joumaa network is a sophisticated multi-national money laundering ring, which launders the proceeds of drug trafficking for the benefit of criminals and the terrorist group Hizballah,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We and our partners will continue to aggressively map, expose and disable this network, as we are doing with today’s sanctions.”

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli are being designated today pursuant to the Kingpin Act for collaboration with designated drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa in the movement of millions of dollars of narcotics-related proceeds. Harb’s Colombia- and Venezuela-based organization launders money for the Joumaa network through the Lebanese financial sector. Chibli used his position as the manager of the Abbassieh branch of Fenicia Bank in Lebanon to facilitate the movement of money for Joumaa and Harb. For example, in 2010, Joumaa moved over a million dollars into an account owned by Harb and managed by Chibli. Harb is a dual citizen of Venezuela and Lebanon, and Chibli is a Lebanese national.

Ali Mohamad Saleh

Ali Mohamad Saleh, a Lebanese Colombian national, is also being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13224 as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for acting for or on behalf of and providing financial, material, or technological support to Hizballah. Saleh is a key Hizballah facilitator who has directed and coordinated Hizballah activity in Colombia. He is a former Hizballah fighter with knowledge of Hizballah operations plans due to his contact with Hizballah authorities in Lebanon. As of July 2010, Saleh was a contact of Hizballah’s Foreign Relations Department and has maintained communication with suspected Hizballah operatives in Venezuela, Germany, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Saleh was the acting leader of a Hizballah support cell in Maicao, Colombia that raised funds for transfer to Hizballah. In this role, Saleh solicited donations for Hizballah from business owners and residents. Saleh coordinated the transfer of checks and U.S. dollars by courier from Maicao via Venezuela to Hizballah in Lebanon. He was previously designated under the Kingpin Act on December 29, 2011, for his role as a Maicao based money launderer for the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, which is linked to the Joumaa network. Saleh is the brother of Joumaa-network associate Kassem Mohamad Saleh, who was also named today under the Kingpin Act for his role in supporting Abbas Hussein Harb.

Additional Kingpin Designations

Ali Houssein Harb (Abbas Hussein Harb’s brother) and Kassem Mohamad Saleh (Ali Mohamad Saleh’s brother) were also designated under the Kingpin Act today for their links to the Joumaa network. Ali Houssein Harb and Kassem Mohamad Saleh are dual citizens of Lebanon and Venezuela. The three companies targeted as part of today’s action under the Kingpin Act for being owned or controlled by Abbas Houssein Harb and/or Kassem Mohamad Saleh are: Importadora Silvania and Bodega Michigan, both based in Colombia, and Importadora Silvania, C.A., based in Venezuela.

BACKGROUND:

Ayman Joumaa was designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act in January 2011 for his role as a high-level money launderer and drug trafficker operating in the Americas, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Joumaa and his organization laundered proceeds from their illicit activities – as much as $200 million per month – through various channels, including bulk cash smuggling operations and Lebanese exchange houses. Since Treasury’s designation, he was subsequently indicted in November 2011 by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia for being the leader of an international drug trafficking and money laundering network that coordinated multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel destined for the United States and for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in these drug proceeds back to the Colombian suppliers.

Today’s actions, which prohibit U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the designated individuals and entities and freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction, were taken in close coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration. “The DEA investigation of Ayman Joumaa that helped lead to today’s Treasury actions is critical to protecting the U.S. financial system from illicit activity and is another tool used to disrupt and dismantle these drug and money laundering networks,” said DEA Financial Operations Chief John Arvanitis. “These sanctions will go a long way toward ensuring that the entire Joumaa network is brought to justice.”

This action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,100 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

Today’s action also highlights the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to target terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or to acts of terrorism, isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Hizballah was listed as a Specially Designated Terrorist on the annex to E.O. 12947 of January 23, 1995. The U.S. Department of State designated Hizballah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997. Additionally, on October 31, 2001, Hizballah was designated by the State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to E.O. 13224.

To view a chart of the Ayman Joumaa affiliates, click here.

Identifying Information

Name: Ali Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALAH

AKA: Ali Mohamed SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALEH

AKA: Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir SALIH

DOB: 1 Jan 1974

POB: Adchit, Lebanon

Colombian Cedula No.: 1124006380

Colombian Passport: AJ911608

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 2071362

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 1183967

Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL

Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA

Name: Ibrahim CHIBLI

AKA: Ibrahim SHIBLI SHIBLI

DOB: 10 Oct 1965

POB: Sour, Lebanon

Nationality: Lebanon

Name: Abbas Hussein HARB

AKA: Abass Hussein HARB

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia;

Address: Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia

DOB: 11 Nov 1979

POB: Lebanon

Venezuelan Passport: 1368212

Colombian NIT #: 6390001813

Venezuelan National ID No.: 21495203

Alt. Venezuelan National ID No.: 22465548

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264521

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398329

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 076592

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 041789

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Name: Ali Houssein HARB

AKA: Ali Hussein HARB

Address: Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

Address: Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

DOB: 11 Aug 1976

alt. DOB: 19 Aug 1976

Nationality: Lebanese

Venezuelan National ID No.: 26405022

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 254291

Name: Kassem Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Qasim SALEH

Address: Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22,

Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

DOB: 10 Feb 1980

Nationality: Lebanese

Lebanese Passport: 1243712

Colombian NIT #: 6390003192

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264619

Alt. Venezuelan National Foreign ID Number: 22075502

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No 0081931

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

Name: BODEGA MICHIGAN

Address: Calle 10A 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 0081931

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Address: Carerra 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Venezuelan Tax ID No.: RIF J-31069374-9″

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] and Specially Designated Global Terrorist [SDGT] Entries Changed on OFAC’s SDN List on June 27, 2012

July 12, 2012

On June 27, 2012, OFAC has changed [SDNTK] and [SDGT] Entries on the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDNTK] [SDGT] entries have been changed on OFAC’s SDN list:

SALEH, Ali Mohamad, c/o ALMACEN BATUL; c/o COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA; DOB 01 Jan 1974; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia) (individual) [SDNTK]-to-SALEH, Ali Mohamad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon)(individual)[SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

resulting in the following new [SDNTK][SDGT] entries:

SALAH, Ali Mohammad (a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali AbdAl-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALEH, Ali Mohamed (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali AbdAl-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALEH, Ali Mohammad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Abd-AlAmir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALIH, Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALIH, Ali Muhammad (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad AbdAl-Amir); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

SALIH, Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir (a.k.a. SALAH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamad; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEH, Ali Mohammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali AbdAl-Amir Muhammad; a.k.a. SALIH, Ali Muhammad); DOB 01 Jan 1974; POB Adchit, Lebanon; Cedula No. 1124006380 (Colombia); Passport AJ911608 (Colombia); alt. Passport 1183967 (Lebanon); alt. Passport 2071362 (Lebanon) (individual) [SDNTK] [SDGT] Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL; Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA..

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Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Linked to Drug Trafficker Ayman Joumaa and a Key Hizballah Supporter in South America

6/27/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four individuals and three entities involved in laundering the proceeds of narcotics trafficking for drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa. Treasury also designated a Colombia-based individual under its terrorism authority, Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, for directing Hizballah’s fundraising activities in the Americas. This individual was previously designated under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his role in narcotics-related money laundering. Today’s designations further expose Ayman Joumaa’s network as a major narcotics and money laundering enterprise that has reach throughout the Americas and the Middle East with links to Hizballah. As with the February 2011 action against Lebanese Canadian Bank, these actions again highlight Hizballah’s links to major South American narcotics money laundering organizations.

“The Joumaa network is a sophisticated multi-national money laundering ring, which launders the proceeds of drug trafficking for the benefit of criminals and the terrorist group Hizballah,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We and our partners will continue to aggressively map, expose and disable this network, as we are doing with today’s sanctions.”

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli

Abbas Hussein Harb and Ibrahim Chibli are being designated today pursuant to the Kingpin Act for collaboration with designated drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa in the movement of millions of dollars of narcotics-related proceeds. Harb’s Colombia- and Venezuela-based organization launders money for the Joumaa network through the Lebanese financial sector. Chibli used his position as the manager of the Abbassieh branch of Fenicia Bank in Lebanon to facilitate the movement of money for Joumaa and Harb. For example, in 2010, Joumaa moved over a million dollars into an account owned by Harb and managed by Chibli. Harb is a dual citizen of Venezuela and Lebanon, and Chibli is a Lebanese national.

Ali Mohamad Saleh

Ali Mohamad Saleh, a Lebanese Colombian national, is also being designated today pursuant to E.O. 13224 as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for acting for or on behalf of and providing financial, material, or technological support to Hizballah. Saleh is a key Hizballah facilitator who has directed and coordinated Hizballah activity in Colombia. He is a former Hizballah fighter with knowledge of Hizballah operations plans due to his contact with Hizballah authorities in Lebanon. As of July 2010, Saleh was a contact of Hizballah’s Foreign Relations Department and has maintained communication with suspected Hizballah operatives in Venezuela, Germany, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Saleh was the acting leader of a Hizballah support cell in Maicao, Colombia that raised funds for transfer to Hizballah. In this role, Saleh solicited donations for Hizballah from business owners and residents. Saleh coordinated the transfer of checks and U.S. dollars by courier from Maicao via Venezuela to Hizballah in Lebanon. He was previously designated under the Kingpin Act on December 29, 2011, for his role as a Maicao based money launderer for the Cheaitelly/El Khansa criminal organization, which is linked to the Joumaa network. Saleh is the brother of Joumaa-network associate Kassem Mohamad Saleh, who was also named today under the Kingpin Act for his role in supporting Abbas Hussein Harb.

Additional Kingpin Designations

Ali Houssein Harb (Abbas Hussein Harb’s brother) and Kassem Mohamad Saleh (Ali Mohamad Saleh’s brother) were also designated under the Kingpin Act today for their links to the Joumaa network. Ali Houssein Harb and Kassem Mohamad Saleh are dual citizens of Lebanon and Venezuela. The three companies targeted as part of today’s action under the Kingpin Act for being owned or controlled by Abbas Houssein Harb and/or Kassem Mohamad Saleh are: Importadora Silvania and Bodega Michigan, both based in Colombia, and Importadora Silvania, C.A., based in Venezuela.

BACKGROUND:

Ayman Joumaa was designated pursuant to the Kingpin Act in January 2011 for his role as a high-level money launderer and drug trafficker operating in the Americas, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Joumaa and his organization laundered proceeds from their illicit activities – as much as $200 million per month – through various channels, including bulk cash smuggling operations and Lebanese exchange houses. Since Treasury’s designation, he was subsequently indicted in November 2011 by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia for being the leader of an international drug trafficking and money laundering network that coordinated multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia to the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel destined for the United States and for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in these drug proceeds back to the Colombian suppliers.

Today’s actions, which prohibit U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with the designated individuals and entities and freeze any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction, were taken in close coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration. “The DEA investigation of Ayman Joumaa that helped lead to today’s Treasury actions is critical to protecting the U.S. financial system from illicit activity and is another tool used to disrupt and dismantle these drug and money laundering networks,” said DEA Financial Operations Chief John Arvanitis. “These sanctions will go a long way toward ensuring that the entire Joumaa network is brought to justice.”

This action is part of the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts pursuant to the Kingpin Act to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide. The Treasury Department has designated more than 1,100 individuals and entities linked to drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code for criminal violations of the Kingpin Act.

Today’s action also highlights the Treasury Department’s ongoing efforts to target terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or to acts of terrorism, isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Hizballah was listed as a Specially Designated Terrorist on the annex to E.O. 12947 of January 23, 1995. The U.S. Department of State designated Hizballah as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997. Additionally, on October 31, 2001, Hizballah was designated by the State Department as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to E.O. 13224.

To view a chart of the Ayman Joumaa affiliates, click here.

Identifying Information

Name: Ali Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALAH

AKA: Ali Mohamed SALEH

AKA: Ali Mohammad SALEH

AKA: Ali Abd-Al-Amir Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad SALIH

AKA: Ali Muhammad Abd-Al-Amir SALIH

DOB: 1 Jan 1974

POB: Adchit, Lebanon

Colombian Cedula No.: 1124006380

Colombian Passport: AJ911608

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 2071362

Alt. Lebanese Passport: 1183967

Linked To: ALMACEN BATUL

Linked To: COMERCIAL ESTILO Y MODA

Name: Ibrahim CHIBLI

AKA: Ibrahim SHIBLI SHIBLI

DOB: 10 Oct 1965

POB: Sour, Lebanon

Nationality: Lebanon

Name: Abbas Hussein HARB

AKA: Abass Hussein HARB

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia;

Address: Carrera 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10 No 11-63, Maicao, Colombia

DOB: 11 Nov 1979

POB: Lebanon

Venezuelan Passport: 1368212

Colombian NIT #: 6390001813

Venezuelan National ID No.: 21495203

Alt. Venezuelan National ID No.: 22465548

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264521

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398329

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 076592

Alt. Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 041789

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Name: Ali Houssein HARB

AKA: Ali Hussein HARB

Address: Calle 10A No. 11-63, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

Address: Calle 13 No. 10-34 Centro, Maicao, La Guajira, Colombia

DOB: 11 Aug 1976

alt. DOB: 19 Aug 1976

Nationality: Lebanese

Venezuelan National ID No.: 26405022

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 254291

Name: Kassem Mohamad SALEH

AKA: Qasim SALEH

Address: Calle 10A # 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle No. 73 , Local No. 22,

Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Venezuela

DOB: 10 Feb 1980

Nationality: Lebanese

Lebanese Passport: 1243712

Colombian NIT #: 6390003192

Colombian National Foreign ID Number: 264619

Alt. Venezuelan National Foreign ID Number: 22075502

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No 0081931

Linked To: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Linked To: BODEGA MICHIGAN.

Name: BODEGA MICHIGAN

Address: Calle 10A 11A-02, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 0081931

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA

Address: Carerra 70 No. 76-50 BG 3, Barranquilla, Colombia

Address: Calle 10A No.12-21, Maicao, Colombia

Colombian Matricula Mercantil No: 398330

Name: IMPORTADORA SILVANIA, C.A.

Address: Ave Pedro Melean, cruce con Calle 73, Local No. 22, Sector Santa Rosa, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela

Venezuelan Tax ID No.: RIF J-31069374-9″

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Specially Designated Global Terrorists [SDGT] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011

Today, OFAC has added Specially Designated Global Terrorists [SDGT] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDGT] entries have been added to OFAC’s SDN list:

MAHAN AIR (a.k.a. MAHAN AIR CO.), Mahan Air Tower, 21st Floor, Azadeghan Street, Karaj Highway, P.O. Box 14515-411, Tehran, Tehran, Iran; No. 21, Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan Street, Jenah Expressway, Beginning of Sheykh Fazlollah Exp. Way, First of Karaj High Way, Tehran, Tehran 1481655761, Iran; Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, P.O. Box
411-14515, Tehran, Tehran 1481655761, Iran [SDGT]

MAHAN AIR CO. (a.k.a. MAHAN AIR), Mahan Air Tower, 21st Floor, Azadeghan Street, Karaj Highway, P.O. Box 14515-411, Tehran, Tehran, Iran; No. 21, Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan Street, Jenah Expressway, Beginning of Sheykh Fazlollah Exp. Way, First of Karaj High Way, Tehran, Tehran 1481655761, Iran; Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, P.O. Box
411-14515, Tehran, Tehran 1481655761, Iran [SDGT]

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Treasury Designates Iranian Commercial Airline Linked to Iran’s Support for Terrorism

10/12/2011
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today the designation of Iranian commercial airline Mahan Air pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for providing financial, material and technological support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Based in Tehran, Mahan Air provides transportation, funds transfers and personnel travel services to the IRGC-QF.

“Mahan Air’s close coordination with the IRGC-QF – secretly ferrying operatives, weapons and funds on its flights – reveals yet another facet of the IRGC’s extensive infiltration of Iran’s commercial sector to facilitate its support for terrorism,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Following the revelation about the IRGC-QF’s use of the international financial system to fund its murder-for-hire plot, today’s action highlights further the undeniable risks of doing business with Iran.”

Mahan Air provided travel services to IRGC-QF personnel flown to and from Iran and Syria for military training. Mahan Air also facilitated the covert travel of suspected IRGC-QF officers into and out of Iraq by bypassing normal security procedures and not including information on flight manifests to eliminate records of the IRGC-QF travel.

Mahan Air crews have facilitated IRGC-QF arms shipments. Funds were also transferred via Mahan Air for the procurement of controlled goods by the IRGC-QF.

In addition to the reasons for which Mahan Air is being designated today, Mahan Air also provides transportation services to Hizballah, a Lebanon-based designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Mahan Air has transported personnel, weapons and goods on behalf of Hizballah and omitted from Mahan Air cargo manifests secret weapons shipments bound for Hizballah.

As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in commercial or financial transactions with Mahan Air and any assets it may hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Identifying Information:

Entity: Mahan Air
AKA: Mahan Travel Company
Address: Mahan Air Tower, 21st Floor, Azadeghan Street, Karaj Highway, P.O. Box 14515-411, Tehran, Iran
Alt. Address: Mahan Air Tower, Azadegan St., Karaj Highway, Tehran 1481655761, Iran P.O. Box 411-14515″

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