U.S. Seems Set to Brand Militant Group as ‘Terrorist’

September 1, 2012

The New York Times on August 31, 2012 released the following:

“By ERIC SCHMITT

WASHINGTON — Risking a new breach in relations with Pakistan, the Obama administration is leaning toward designating the Haqqani network, the insurgent group responsible for some of the most spectacular assaults on American bases in Afghanistan in recent years, as a terrorist organization.

With a Congressional reporting deadline looming, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and top military officials are said to favor placing sanctions on the network, which operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to half a dozen current and former administration officials.

A designation as a terrorist organization would help dry up the group’s fund-raising activities in countries like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, press Pakistan to carry out long-promised military action against the insurgents, and sharpen the administration’s focus on devising policies and operations to weaken the group, advocates say.

But no final decision has been made. A spirited internal debate has American officials, including several at the White House, worried about the consequences of such a designation not only for relations with Pakistan, but also for peace talks with the Taliban and the fate of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier known to be held by the militants.

Perhaps the most important consideration, administration and Congressional officials say, is whether the designation would make any difference in the group’s ability to raise money or stage more assaults as the American-led NATO force draws down in Afghanistan. Several Haqqani leaders have already been designated individually as “global terrorists,” so the issue now is what would be gained by designating the entire organization.

An administration official involved in the debate, who declined to speak on the record because of the continuing decision-making process, said, “The optics of designating look great, and the chest-thumping is an understandable expression of sentiment, but everyone has to calm down and say, ‘What does it actually do?’ ”

Mrs. Clinton, in the Cook Islands at the start of a trip to Asia, declined to discuss the internal debate but said she would meet the Congressional deadline in September. “I’d like to underscore that we are putting steady pressure on the Haqqanis,” she said. “That is part of what our military does every day.”

A National Security Council spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden, would not comment on the administration’s internal deliberations, but hinted in an e-mail on Friday at the White House’s preferences for using other means to pressure the group. “We’ve taken steps to degrade the Haqqani Taliban network’s ability to carry out attacks, including drying up their resources, targeting them with our military and intelligence resources, and pressing Pakistan to take action,” the e-mail said.

Critics also contend that a designation by the Treasury Department or the United Nations, or under an existing executive order, could achieve the same result as adding the network to the much more prominent State Department list, with far fewer consequences.

The internal debate has been so divisive that the United States intelligence community has been assigned to prepare classified analyses on the possible repercussions of a designation on Pakistan. “The whole thing is absurd,” said one senior American official who has long favored designating the group, expressing frustration with the delay.

The administration has debated the designation for more than a year, with senior military officers like Gen. John R. Allen, commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, and many top counterterrorism officials arguing for it.

This year, bipartisan pressure in Congress to add the group to the terrorist list has grown. “It is well past time to designate this network as a terrorist group,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who is chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, said in July.

With virtually unanimous backing, Congress approved legislation that President Obama signed into law on Aug. 10 giving Mrs. Clinton 30 days to determine whether the Haqqani network is a terrorist group. If she says it is not, she must explain her reasoning in a report to lawmakers by Sept. 9.

On one level, the decision seems clear-cut. Since 2008, Haqqani suicide attackers in Afghanistan have struck the Indian Embassy, hotels and restaurants and the headquarters of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force and the American Embassy.

A recent report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point described how the Haqqani network had evolved into a “sophisticated, diverse and transnational crime network.”

In a paper for the Heritage Foundation, Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow at the foundation and a former C.I.A. analyst on South Asia, said, “The U.S. should stand by its counterterrorism principles and identify this deadly terrorist organization for what it is.”

American officials confirmed this week that a senior member of the Haqqani family leadership, Badruddin Haqqani, the network’s operational commander, was killed last week in a drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Opponents cite several reasons that designating the Haqqani network a terrorist organization could further complicate relations between the United States and Pakistan, just as relations are getting back on track after months of grueling negotiations that finally reopened NATO supply routes through Pakistan.

One reason, officials said, is that such a move would seem to bring Pakistan a step closer to being designated as a state sponsor of terrorism. American officials say the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate is covertly aiding the insurgents. Pakistani officials have said that the agency maintains regular contact with the Haqqanis, but deny that it provides operational support. They contend that the Obama administration is trying to deflect attention from its own failings in Afghanistan.

In his meetings at the Central Intelligence Agency in early August, Pakistan’s new spy chief, Lt. Gen. Zahir ul-Islam, told the C.I.A. director, David H. Petraeus, that his country would not protest the designation, if it was given. Two other Pakistani officials said this week that the decision was “an internal American issue.” American analysts believe Pakistan would be reluctant to publicly protest the designation because to do so would substantiate American beliefs that Pakistan supports the Haqqanis.

Critics also voice concern that designating the Haqqani network could undermine peace talks with the Taliban and complicate efforts to win the release of Sergeant Bergdahl.

The main American effort to open negotiations with the Taliban remains centered on the talks in Qatar, where Taliban representatives are supposed to be opening an office. But those talks were suspended by the insurgents in March, largely over a delayed prisoner swap for Sergeant Bergdahl, held by the Haqqani network since 2009. The United States would have released five insurgents from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to win his release.

“A designation makes negotiating with the Taliban harder, and would add another layer of things to do to build confidence in order to restart negotiations,” said Shamila N. Chaudhary, a South Asia analyst at the Eurasia Group who was the director for Pakistan and Afghanistan at the National Security Council.”

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Insiders: Designate Haqqani Network a Foreign Terrorist Organization

July 17, 2012

National Journal on July 16, 2012 released the following:

“$16 billion in development aid pledged to Afghanistan is money well-spent, Insiders say.

By Sara Sorcher

A wide majority of National Journal’s National Security Insiders said the State Department should designate as a foreign terrorist organization the Haqqani network, the extremist insurgent group under the Taliban umbrella that takes sanctuary in Pakistan’s tribal area.

“Since the Haqqani network frequently targets and kills Americans in Afghanistan, not to declare it a foreign terrorist organization risks undermining the credibility and perceived objectivity of U.S. terrorist designations,” said one Insider among the 82 percent of the pool of national-security and foreign-policy experts who called for the official designation.

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation is pending on the floor of the House that would pressure the Obama administration into designating the network, which has launched spectacular suicide attacks on U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan, as a foreign terrorist organization. In November, the State Department said it was in the midst of a “final formal review” to determine whether the group should be designated as such. Some officials are reportedly concerned that listing the network could disrupt negotiations with the Taliban or upset already tenuous relations with Pakistan.

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation is pending on the floor of the House that would pressure the Obama administration into designating the network, which has launched spectacular suicide attacks on U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan, as a foreign terrorist organization. In November, the State Department said it was in the midst of a “final formal review” to determine whether the group should be designated as such. Some officials are reportedly concerned that listing the network could disrupt negotiations with the Taliban or upset already-tenuous relations with Pakistan.

With the Haqqani network believed to be responsible for last year’s high-profile attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul, the truck bombing that injured scores of U.S. troops in Wardark, and the siege on the U.S. Embassy and NATO compound, one Insider said the havoc wreaked by the Haqqani network “unquestionably makes [it] a foreign terrorist organization…. Designating them as such would help tighten the screws on some despicable actors.”

“It’s time to call a spade a spade,” another Insider added. “If it looks like a terrorist group, acts like a terrorist group, and attacks and kills soldiers and civilians like a terrorist group, then it’s a terrorist group.”

Another 18 percent did not support listing the group, citing concerns about potential consequences for negotiations as the United States prepares to withdraw troops. “Negotiation is the only plausible way out of this. Yes, the Haqqanis are awful, and perhaps the threat of designation could be a useful bit of negotiating leverage with them or their Pakistani patrons,” one Insider said. “But a straightforward terror designation that complicates talks makes things worse, not better.”

On Afghanistan, 60 percent of Insiders said the $16 billion that countries pledged in development aid for the next four years in the name of security was well-spent—with a few caveats. “This will be well-spent if the proper strategic goals are pursued,” one Insider said. “If we think $16 billion will make Afghanistan a safe place for development of good governance and economic systems, that would be foolish. But if the international community is willing to continue to pay attention to this region, then the world will be better off with some form of regional stability rather than risk losing it from a neglected Afghanistan.”

Another Insider said the United States “made a huge mistake getting sucked into Afghan nation-building.”

“You can’t take a 15th-century tribal society and turn it into a modern 21st-century democracy. But we are where we are,” the Insider said. “The entire region is more unstable today than in 2003, and Afghanistan is in the middle of it. These funds are [the] best chance to encourage stability.”

Donor countries at the Tokyo conference earlier this month said their support depends on Afghanistan continuing to make progress in reducing corruption and poverty, improving governance, protecting human rights, and providing security. A portion of the U.S. aid could ultimately depend on Afghanistan meeting benchmarks for such reforms, but each donor could decide how to condition its individual contributions. “This money is well-spent only if the rhetoric about using it conditionally to create incentives for governance reform is real,” one Insider said. “It hasn’t been to date.”

Another 40 percent said the money would be better spent elsewhere. “That $16 billion will line the coffers of the highest Karzai government officials and all their cronies,” one Insider said. “The United States should send a strong message to Afghanistan that the corruption that riddles that government is simply unacceptable—and not worth a single American life.””

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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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