Based on the keenness of Qatar to continue its international efforts to combat terrorism and its financing at the international level, it was agreed between the seven countries (the Gulf Cooperation Council states and the United States of America) members of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre (TFTC), based in Riyadh, to add four companies and two people to the terrorism list, according to QNA.
Based on this action, the US has frozen assets of these individuals and companies, and generally prohibits US citizens from dealing with them.
The individuals placed on the terrorism list are:
The four companies placed on the terrorism list are:
These companies and their operators have played a vital role in transferring funds to support Syria-based ISIS fighters and have provided thousands of dollars to ISIS leadership in various parts of the world.
In 2017, Syrian national Abdulrahman Ali Husayn Al Ahmad Al Rawi was selected by the ISIS to serve as a senior financial facilitator. The US Treasury accusing him of being one of a few that provided the Islamic State "significant financial facilitation" into and out of Syria.
The TFTC also blacklisted Afghanistan-based Nejaat Social Welfare Organisation along with its director, Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan. It accused the company of being used as a cover company to support the activities of the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), according to News 18.
The TFTC has issued five rounds of joint designations against over 60 individuals and entities, by agreement between the member states of the centre. These designations targeted a wide range of terrorist organizations, including ISIS and its affiliates, al-Qa’ida, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Lebanese Hizballah, and the Taliban. The latest designations further challenge ISIS’s ability to conceal its activities and finance its operations through key money services businesses and charities operating under false pretences, according to the US Department of the Treasury.
The centre, with the participation of member states, will continue to make efforts to pursue terrorist-financing cells worldwide.
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