May 31, 2018: OFAC amends Al-Nusrah Front listing

Yesterday, OFAC amended the following counter-terrorism listing:

AL-NUSRAH FRONT (a.k.a. AL NUSRAH FRONT FOR THE PEOPLE OF LEVANT; a.k.a. AL-NUSRAH FRONT IN LEBANON; a.k.a. CONQUEST OF THE LEVANT FRONT; a.k.a. FATAH AL-SHAM FRONT; a.k.a. FATEH AL-SHAM FRONT; a.k.a. FRONT FOR THE CONQUEST OF SYRIA; a.k.a. FRONT FOR THE CONQUEST OF SYRIA/THE LEVANT; a.k.a. FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE LEVANT; a.k.a. JABHAT AL-NUSRA LI-AHL AL-SHAM MIN MUJAHEDI AL-SHAM FI SAHAT AL-JIHAD; a.k.a. JABHAT AL-NUSRAH; a.k.a. JABHAT FATAH AL-SHAM; a.k.a. JABHAT FATEH AL-SHAM; a.k.a. JABHAT FATH AL SHAM; a.k.a. JABHAT FATH AL-SHAM; a.k.a. JABHET AL-NUSRAH; a.k.a. THE FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF AL SHAM; a.k.a. “SUPPORT FRONT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE LEVANT”; a.k.a. “THE VICTORY FRONT”) [FTO] [SDGT]. -to- AL-NUSRAH FRONT (a.k.a. AL NUSRAH FRONT FOR THE PEOPLE OF LEVANT; a.k.a. AL-NUSRAH FRONT IN LEBANON; a.k.a. ASSEMBLY FOR LIBERATION OF THE LEVANT; a.k.a. ASSEMBLY FOR THE LIBERATION OF SYRIA; a.k.a. CONQUEST OF THE LEVANT FRONT; a.k.a. FATAH AL-SHAM FRONT; a.k.a. FATEH AL-SHAM FRONT; a.k.a. FRONT FOR THE CONQUEST OF SYRIA; a.k.a. FRONT FOR THE CONQUEST OF SYRIA/THE LEVANT; a.k.a. FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE LEVANT; a.k.a. HAY’AT TAHRIR AL-SHAM; a.k.a. HAYAT TAHRIR AL-SHAM; a.k.a. HAY’ET TAHRIR AL-SHAM; a.k.a. JABHAT AL-NUSRA LI-AHL AL-SHAM MIN MUJAHEDI AL-SHAM FI SAHAT AL-JIHAD; a.k.a. JABHAT AL-NUSRAH; a.k.a. JABHAT FATAH AL-SHAM; a.k.a. JABHAT FATEH AL-SHAM; a.k.a. JABHAT FATH AL SHAM; a.k.a. JABHAT FATH AL-SHAM; a.k.a. JABHET AL-NUSRAH; a.k.a. LIBERATION OF AL-SHAM COMMISSION; a.k.a. LIBERATION OF THE LEVANT ORGANISATION; a.k.a. TAHRIR AL-SHAM; a.k.a. TAHRIR AL-SHAM HAY’AT; a.k.a. THE FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF AL SHAM; a.k.a. “HTS”; a.k.a. “SUPPORT FRONT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE LEVANT”; a.k.a. “THE VICTORY FRONT”) [FTO] [SDGT].

And the Treasury Department issued the following press release:

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 31, 2018

 

The Department of State has amended the designation of al-Nusrah Front – an al-Qa’ida affiliate in Syria – to include Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other aliases. These aliases have been added to al-Nusrah Front’s designations as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224.

In January 2017, al-Nusrah Front launched the creation of HTS as a vehicle to advance its position in the Syrian uprising and to further its own goals as an al-Qa’ida affiliate. Since January 2017, the group has continued to operate through HTS in pursuit of these objectives.

The Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, noted that “today’s designation serves notice that the United States is not fooled by this al-Qa’ida affiliate’s attempt to rebrand itself. Whatever name Nusrah chooses, we will continue to deny it the resources it seeks to further its violent cause.”

Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that HTS is an alias of al-Nusrah Front. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations 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.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

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