March 5, 2019: OFAC adds 1, changes 1 counter terror listing

On Tuesday, OFAC added:

HARAKAT AL-NUJABA (a.k.a. AL-HAMAD BRIGADE; a.k.a. AL-NUJABA TV; a.k.a. AMMAR IBN YASIR BRIGADE; a.k.a. GOLAN LIBERATION BRIGADE; a.k.a. HARAKAT HEZBOLLAH AL-NUJABA; a.k.a. IMAM AL-HASAN AL-MUJTABA BRIGADE; a.k.a. MOVEMENT OF THE NOBLE ONES HEZBOLLAH; a.k.a. THE MOVEMENT OF THE NOBLE ONES), Iraq; Syria [SDGT].

to the SDN List under its counter terrorism sanctions program, and amended the following listing:

AL-KABI, Arkam ‘Abbas (a.k.a. AL-KA’ABI, Shaykh Abu-Akram; a.k.a. AL-KA’ABI, Sheik Akram; a.k.a. AL-KA’BI, Akram Abas; a.k.a. “ABU-MUHAMMAD”; a.k.a. “‘ALI, Abu”; a.k.a. “KARUMI”); DOB circa 1976; alt. DOB circa 1973; POB al ‘Amarah, Iraq; alt. POB al Kalamiy, Iraq; nationality Iraq (individual) [IRAQ3]. -to- AL-KABI, Arkam ‘Abbas (a.k.a. AL-KA’ABI, Shaykh Abu-Akram; a.k.a. AL-KA’ABI, Sheik Akram; a.k.a. AL-KA’BI, Akram Abas; a.k.a. AL-KABI, Akram ‘Abbas; a.k.a. “ABU-MUHAMMAD”; a.k.a. “‘ALI, Abu”; a.k.a. “KARUMI”); DOB circa 1976; alt. DOB circa 1973; alt. DOB 17 Jul 1977; POB al ‘Amarah, Iraq; alt. POB al Kalamiy, Iraq; alt. POB Baghdad, Iraq; nationality Iraq (individual) [SDGT] [IRAQ3].

And the State Department issued the following press release:

State Department Terrorist Designation of Harakat al-Nujaba (HAN) and Akram ‘Abbas al-Kabi

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

March 5, 2019


The Department of State has designated the Iranian proxy group Harakat al-Nujaba (HAN) and its leader, Akram ‘Abbas al-Kabi, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Today’s designations seek to deny HAN and al-Kabi the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of their property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

Established in 2013 by al-Kabi, HAN is an Iran-backed Iraqi militia funded by but not under the control of the Iraqi government. HAN has openly pledged its loyalties to Iran and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Al-Kabi has publicly claimed that he would follow any order, including overthrowing the Iraqi government or fighting alongside the Houthis in Yemen, if Ayatollah Khamenei declared it to be a religious duty. Al-Kabi also claimed that Iran supports HAN both militarily and logistically, and stressed HAN’s close ties with IRGC-QF Commander Qassem Soleimani and Hizballah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, both SDGTs. The Department of the Treasury designated al-Kabi in 2008 under E.O. 13438 for planning and conducting multiple attacks against Coalition forces, including mortar and rocket launches into the International Zone.

These designations demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to isolate and deny funding to the Iranian regime’s terrorist proxies. The United States will continue to stand firm against Iran’s malign behavior and efforts to undermine Iraq’s sovereignty and stability.

Today’s actions notify the U.S. public and the international community that HAN and al-Kabi have committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism. Terrorist 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.

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

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

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