The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC): “Treasury Increases Sanctions Against Syria”

May 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on May 16, 2013 released the following:

Action Targets Senior Syrian Officials as well as Companies

Supporting the Government of Syria and Linked to Iran’s IRGC-QF and Hizballah

WASHINGTON – Since peaceful protests against the Assad regime began more than two years ago, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has employed a series of new Executive Orders (E.O.) to sanction and expose those involved in human rights abuses in Syria as well as senior Syrian government officials. Continuing these efforts, the Treasury Department today designated four senior officials of the Syrian government; one airline responsible for transporting weaponry to the Assad regime; and one privately owned television station for providing services to the Syrian government – including the despicable practice of airing forced confessions. To date, the United States has imposed sanctions on the Government of Syria, including its Central Bank and oil companies, and more than 100 individuals and entities under a number of our authorities.

“Treasury will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to expose and disrupt the financial networks of those responsible for the Syrian government’s egregious campaign to suppress its people,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We are determined to target activity contributing to the abhorrent humanitarian situation in Syria – whether by overseeing the Assad government’s indiscriminate killing of civilians, shipping weapons to the Syrian government, abusing positions of trust to supply intelligence to the regime, or disseminating the regime’s propaganda.”

Today, the Treasury Department designated four senior officials of the Syrian government, including the Minister of Defense Fahd Jassem al-Freij, the Minister of Health Sa’ad Abdel-Salam al-Nayef, the Minister of Industry Adnan Abdo Al-Sukhni, and the Minister of Justice Najm Hamad al-Ahmad, pursuant to E.O. 13573, which targets the Syrian regime’s continuing escalation of violence against the Syrian people. Fahd Jassem al-Freij was appointed Minister of Defense and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on July 18, 2012, following the death of his predecessor Dawood Rajiha. In August 2012, President Assad appointed Adnan Abdo Al-Sukhni as Minister of Industry, Najm Hamad Al-Ahmad as Minister of Justice, and Sa’ad Abdel-Salam al-Nayef as Minister of Health.

Minister of Defense al-Freij is also being designated pursuant to E.O. 13572 for his role in the commission of human rights abuses in Syria. During his time as Syrian Minister of Defense, the Syrian military forces have wantonly and capriciously killed Syrian civilians, including through the use of summary executions and indiscriminate airstrikes against civilians. Some of these airstrikes killed civilians waiting outside of bakeries.

The Treasury Department today also designated the Syrian government-owned Syrian Arab Airlines, pursuant to our counter-terrorism authority, E.O. 13224, for acting for or on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). The IRGC-QF has used Syrian Arab Airlines cargo flights to transport illicit cargo – including weapons and ammunition – to Syria. Hizballah, Iran’s terrorist proxy, helped facilitate these flights for the IRGC-QF. The weapons, suspected to include mortars, small arms, rockets, and light anti-aircraft guns, have been sent to Syria to support the Syrian regime’s violent crackdown against its own people. Syrian Arab Airlines is also being identified as part of the Government of Syria pursuant to E.O. 13582, which blocks the property of the Syrian government.

Finally, today’s action targets Al-Dunya Television, a privately owned 24-hour, satellite channel that began transmission in March 2007. Al-Dunya Television is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13582 for its links to the Government of Syria. Correspondents of Al-Dunya and official Syrian television allegedly conducted interviews that were not broadcast, but were delivered to Syrian intelligence personnel who used them to arrest interviewees who refuted the reports of Syrian authorities. After ransacking and storming farms in Harasta, Syria, Syrian government forces planted weapons and ammunition and brought in an Al-Dunya crew to falsely portray the location as a weapons depot. Correspondents from Al-Dunya and Syrian television accompanied Syrian military intelligence units to interview detainees. The detainees were interviewed after being tortured and threatened with death to force them to say what the Government of Syria wanted.

U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with the individuals and entities designated today, and any assets of those designees subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.”

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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 Global Terrorists [SDGT] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

Today, 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:

ADHAJANI, Azim (a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGAJANY, Azimi (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Asim (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Azim (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Azimi (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AGHAJANI, Hosein (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AQAJANI, Azim); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani (a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

AQAJANI, Azim (a.k.a. ADHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGAJANY, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Asim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azim; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Azimi; a.k.a. AGHAJANI, Hosein); DOB 1967; nationality Iran (individual) [SDGT]

BEHINEH TRADING, Tehran, Iran [SDGT] GHA’ANI, Esma’il (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

GHAANI, Esmail (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

GHANI, Esmail (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

HASSAN, Ali Abbas Othman (a.k.a. JEGA, Abbas; a.k.a. JEGA, Ali Abbas Usman), 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria; DOB 1965; nationality Nigeria (individual) [SDGT]

JEGA, Abbas (a.k.a. HASSAN, Ali Abbas Othman; a.k.a. JEGA, Ali Abbas Usman), 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria; DOB 1965; nationality Nigeria (individual) [SDGT]

JEGA, Ali Abbas Usman (a.k.a. HASSAN, Ali Abbas Othman; a.k.a. JEGA, Abbas), 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria; DOB 1965; nationality Nigeria (individual) [SDGT]

NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

QA’ANI, Esma’il (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QANI, Esmail); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

QANI, Esmail (a.k.a. AKBARNEJAD, Esmaeil Ghaani; a.k.a. GHA’ANI, Esma’il; a.k.a. GHAANI, Esmail; a.k.a. GHANI, Esmail; a.k.a. NEZHAD, Ismail Akbar; a.k.a. QA’ANI, Esma’il); DOB 8 Aug 1957; POB Mashhad, Iran; Passport D9003033 (Iran); alt. Passport D9008347 (Iran) issued 18 Jul 2010 expires 18 Jul 2015 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali (a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABAEI, Syed (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TAHMASEBI, Akbar (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Seyed); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

TAHMASEBI, Seyed (a.k.a. TABATABAEE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Sayyid Ali Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABAEI, Syed; a.k.a. TABATABA’I, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TABATABA’IE, Sayyed Ali; a.k.a. TAHMAESEBI, Seyed Akbar; a.k.a. TAHMASEBI, Akbar); nationality Iran; Passport 6620505; alt. Passport 9003213 (individual) [SDGT]

YAS AIR (a.k.a. YAS AIR KISH; a.k.a. YASAIR CARGO AIRLINE), Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran [SDGT]

YAS AIR KISH (a.k.a. YAS AIR; a.k.a. YASAIR CARGO AIRLINE), Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran [SDGT]

YASAIR CARGO AIRLINE (a.k.a. YAS AIR; a.k.a. YAS AIR KISH), Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran [SDGT]

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Treasury Targets Iranian Arms Shipments

3/27/2012 ​
Iranian Airline and Officials Designated for Exporting Lethal Aid to the Levant and Africa

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of the Iranian cargo airline, Yas Air; Behineh Trading; three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) officials; and one Nigerian shipping agent – all pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, the IRGC-QF, a designated terrorist entity.

The airline, the trading company and the IRGC-QF officials were involved, respectively, in shipments of weapons to the Levant and Africa, further demonstrating Iran’s determination to evade international sanctions and export violence and instability throughout the Middle East and beyond.

“Today’s action again exposes Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East, Africa and beyond. As the Iranian regime exports its lethal aid and expertise to foment violence in Syria and Africa, Treasury will continue to expose the officials and companies involved and work to hold them accountable for the suffering they cause,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

Based in Tehran, Yas Air is an Iranian cargo airline that acts for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF to transport illicit cargo – including weapons – to Iran’s clients in the Levant. Yas Air has moved IRGC-QF personnel and weapons under the cover of humanitarian aid. In March 2011, IRGC-QF officials oversaw and authorized actions taken by Yas Air that involved a series of Yas Air flights carrying weapons destined for Syria and worked with Hizballah and Syrian officials to ensure passage of this illicit cargo.

A Turkish inspection of one of the Yas Air flights bound for Syria – which listed “auto spare parts” on its cargo manifest – found weapons including Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns, nearly 8,000 rounds of ammunition, and an assortment of mortar shells.

Behineh Trading, the shipping company, and the Nigerian agent designated today were involved in a weapons shipment seized in Nigeria in late October 2010. This weapons shipment – orchestrated by the IRGC-QF and intended for The Gambia – is part of a larger pattern of Iranian lethal aid shipments to clients in Africa and around the world.

This IRGC-QF weapons shipment – hidden among construction materials – contained grenades, rockets, mortars, and ammunition. While Iran publically downplays Iranian government involvement in the lethal aid shipment, the highest levels of the IRGC-QF were involved.

Designated Entities

Yas Air

Yas Air is the new name for Pars Air and is owned by Pars Aviation Services Company, which was designated by the UN Security Council as an IRGC entity in 2007. According to UNSCR 1737 (2006), U.N. member states have an obligation to freeze assets that are owned or controlled by an entity designated by the UN Security Council.

Esmail Ghani

Esmail Ghani serves as the Deputy Commander of the IRGC-QF. Ghani’s authority covers IRGC-QF financial disbursements to IRGC-QF elements, including elements in Africa, as well as to various terrorist groups, including Hizballah. As Deputy Commander, Ghani had financial oversight of the IRGC-QF weapons shipment that was intended for The Gambia.

Sayyid Ali Akbar Tabatabaei

Sayyid Ali Akbar Tabatabaei is the Commander of the IRGC-QF Africa Corps. As the commander of all IRGC-QF operations in Africa, Tabatabaei’s duties entail overseeing IRGC-QF weapons transfers to Africa, including the IRGC-QF’s weapons shipment that was intended for The Gambia. In this capacity, Tabatabaei oversaw Hosein Aghajani’s facilitation of the weapons shipment.

Hosein Aghajani

Hosein Aghajani is a longtime IRGC-QF official with ties to The Gambia. Aghajani acted on behalf of the IRGC-QF in facilitating the weapons shipment intended for The Gambia. Nigerian authorities in late November 2010 charged Aghajani for his involvement in the weapons shipment.

Ali Abbas Usman Jega

Nigerian Ali Abbas Usman Jega acted as the local shipping agent in Nigeria, supporting the IRGC-QF in importing the arms shipment. Jega facilitated the entry of IRGC-QF personnel into Nigeria. Nigerian authorities in late November 2010 charged Jega for his involvement in the weapons shipment.

Behineh Trading

Behineh Trading is an Iranian company based in Tehran, Iran, that supported the IRGC-QF as the shipper of the weapons consignment.

Identifying Information

Name: Yas Air

AKA: Yas Air Kish

AKA: YasAir Cargo Airline

Location: Mehrabad International Airport, Next to Terminal No. 6, Tehran, Iran

Name: Esmail Ghani

AKA: Ismail Akbar Nezhad

AKA: Esmail Qani

AKA: Esma’il Gha’ani

AKA: Esmail Ghaani

AKA: Esma’il Qa’ani

DOB: 8 August 1957

POB: Mashhad, Iran

Iranian Passport: D9003033

Iranian Passport: D9008347 (issued: 07/18/10, expires 07/18/15)

Name: Sayyid Ali Akbar Tabatabaei

AKA: Seyed Akbar Tabataba’i

AKA: Seyed Akbar Tahmaesebi

AKA: Syed Tabatabaei

AKA: Seyed Tahmasebi

AKA: Seyed Akbar Tabatabaei

AKA: Sayyed Ali Tabataba’ie

AKA: Sayyed Ali Tabatabaee

Nationality: Iran

Passport Number: 6620505

Passport Number: 9003213

Name: Hosein Aghajani

AKA: Azimi Agajany

AKA: Azim Aghajani

AKA: Asim Aghajani

AKA: Azim Adhajani

AKA: Azim Aqajani

DOB: 1967

Nationality: Iran

Name: Ali Abbas Usman Jega

AKA: Abbas Jega

AKA: Ali Abbas Othman Hassan

DOB: 1965

Address: 6B Nouakchott Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigeria

Name: Behineh Trading

Address: Tehran, Iran”

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Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficking Kingpin [SDNTK] Entries Added to OFAC’s SDN List on March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012

Today, 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:

BAGHBANI, Gholamreza (a.k.a. BAQBANI, Mohammad Akhusa; a.k.a. BAQBANI, Qolam Reza); DOB 5 Jan 1961; alt. DOB 1947; POB Zabol, Iran; citizen Iran; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force General (individual) [SDNTK]

BAQBANI, Mohammad Akhusa (a.k.a. BAGHBANI, Gholamreza; a.k.a. BAQBANI, Qolam Reza); DOB 5 Jan 1961; alt. DOB 1947; POB Zabol, Iran; citizen Iran; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force General (individual) [SDNTK]

BAQBANI, Qolam Reza (a.k.a. BAGHBANI, Gholamreza; a.k.a. BAQBANI, Mohammad Akhusa); DOB 5 Jan 1961; alt. DOB 1947; POB Zabol, Iran; citizen Iran; Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Qods Force General (individual) [SDNTK]

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Treasury Designates Iranian Qods Force General Overseeing Afghan Heroin Trafficking Through Iran

3/7/2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force (IRGC-QF) General Gholamreza Baghbani as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). This is the first use of the Kingpin Act against an Iranian official.

“Today’s action exposes IRGC-QF involvement in trafficking narcotics, made doubly reprehensible here because it is done as part of a broader scheme to support terrorism. Treasury will continue exposing narcotics traffickers and terrorist supporters wherever they operate,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

General Gholamreza Baghbani is an IRGC-QF officer and the current chief of the IRGC-QF office in Zahedan, Iran in southeastern Iran, near the Afghan border. General Baghbani allowed Afghan narcotics traffickers to smuggle opiates through Iran in return for assistance. For example, Afghan narcotics traffickers moved weapons to the Taliban on behalf of Baghbani. In return, General Baghbani has helped facilitate the smuggling of heroin precursor chemicals through the Iranian border. He also helped facilitate shipments of opium into Iran.

As a result of today’s action, U.S. persons are prohibited from conducting financial or commercial transactions with General Baghbani, and any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

The Treasury Department continues to target the financial networks of significant foreign narcotics traffickers and their organizations worldwide using the authorities in the Kingpin Act. Treasury has designated more than 1,000 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.

To view a chart of General Baghbani’s activities, click here

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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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