May 16, 2018: OFAC adds more terrorists to its rolls

Yesterday, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the following persons: 

AL-KHALIL, Husayn (a.k.a. KHALIL, Hossein; a.k.a. KHALIL, Husain; a.k.a. KHALIL, Hussein), Lebanon; DOB 1955; POB Burj Al Barajinah, Beirut, Lebanon; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; Gender Male; Political Adviser to the Secretary General of Hizballah (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: HIZBALLAH). 
 
AL-SAHRAWI, Adnan Abu Walid (a.k.a. AL-SAHRAOUI, Adnan Abu Walid; a.k.a. AL-SAHRAWI, Adnan Abu Waleed; a.k.a. JOUMANI, Lehbib Ould Ali Ould Said Ould; a.k.a. “AL SAHRAWI, Abu Walid”), Menaka, Mali; DOB 16 Feb 1973; POB Laayoune, Western Sahara; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
AL-SAYYID, Ibrahim Amin (a.k.a. SAYYED, Ibrahim Amin; a.k.a. “AL-AMIN, Ibrahim”), Lebanon; DOB 1953; POB Nabi Ayla, Lebanon; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; Gender Male; Head of the Political Council of Hizballah (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: HIZBALLAH). 
 
QASIM, Naim (a.k.a. KASSEM, Naim; a.k.a. QASSEM, Naim), Lebanon; DOB 1953; POB Kafr Fila, Lebanon; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; Gender Male; Deputy Secretary General of Hizballah (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: HIZBALLAH). 
 
YAZBAK, Muhammad (a.k.a. ASSAF, Hosein; a.k.a. YAZBECK, Mohammad; a.k.a. YAZBEK, Mohammad; a.k.a. YAZBIK, Muhammad), Lebanon; DOB 1950; POB Bodai, Lebanon; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; Gender Male; Head of the Judicial Council of Hizballah (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: HIZBALLAH).

and entity: 

ISIS IN THE GREATER SAHARA (a.k.a. ISIS IN THE GREATER SAHEL; a.k.a. ISIS IN THE ISLAMIC SAHEL; a.k.a. ISIS-GS; a.k.a. ISLAMIC STATE IN THE GREATER SAHARA; a.k.a. ISLAMIC STATE OF THE GREATER SAHEL; a.k.a. “ISGS”), Mali; Niger; Burkina Faso [SDGT]. 

to its counter terrorism sanctions.

Additionally, OFAC updated the following listing:

NASRALLAH, Hasan (a.k.a. NASRALLAH, Hasan Abd-al-Karim); DOB 31 Aug 1960; alt. DOB 31 Aug 1953; alt. DOB 31 Aug 1955; alt. DOB 31 Aug 1958; POB Al Basuriyah, Lebanon; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; Passport 042833 (Lebanon); Secretary General of HIZBALLAH (individual) [SDT] [SYRIA]. -to- NASRALLAH, Hasan (a.k.a. NASRALLAH, Hasan Abd-al-Karim), Lebanon; DOB 31 Aug 1960; alt. DOB 31 Aug 1953; alt. DOB 31 Aug 1955; alt. DOB 31 Aug 1958; POB Al Basuriyah, Lebanon; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions Pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations; Gender Male; Passport 042833 (Lebanon); Secretary General of Hizballah(individual) [SDGT] [SDT] [SYRIA] (Linked To: HIZBALLAH).  

Note that all the individuals other than Al-Sahrawi are designated under the Hizballah sanctions program, which also includes secondary sanctions for non-US persons.

And the State Department issued the following press release on the new ISIS and Al-Sahrawi designations:

Media Note  
 

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 16, 2018

 

The Department of State has designated ISIS in the Greater Sahara — also known as ISIS-GS — as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Department has also designated ISIS-GS and its leader, Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.

 

As a result of these designations, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with ISIS-GS or al-Sahrawi. Their property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked. In addition, it is a crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to the organization.

 

ISIS-GS emerged when Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi and his followers split from Al-Mourabitoun, an al-Qa’ida splinter group and U.S.-designated FTO and SDGT. Al-Sahrawi first pledged allegiance to ISIS in May 2015, and in October 2016, ISIS acknowledged it received a pledge of allegiance from the group under al-Sahrawi. ISIS-GS is primarily based in Mali operating along the Mali-Niger border and has claimed responsibility for several attacks under al-Sahrawi’s leadership, including the October 4, 2017 attack on a joint U.S.-Nigerien patrol in the region of Tongo Tongo, Niger, which killed four U.S. soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers. 

 

Today’s designations notify the U.S. public and the international community that this group is a terrorist organization and this individual has committed or poses a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorist designations expose and isolate entities and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

 

These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the Global Coalition, has made significant progress toward this goal. This whole-of-government effort is destroying ISIS in its safe havens, denying its ability to recruit foreign terrorist fighters, stifling its financial resources, countering the false propaganda it disseminates over the internet and social media, and helping to stabilize liberated areas in Iraq and Syria so the displaced can return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/index.htm.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

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