U.S., Gulf Allies Sanction 'Hizbullah-Iran Network'


The United States and six Gulf allies announced sanctions Wednesday on 25 entities allegedly associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon's Hizbullah, in a move to tighten controls on both group's finances.

The sanctions were set by the Riyadh-based Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, a two-year-old group that includes Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in addition to the United States.

They targeted companies supporting the Basij Resistance Force, a subordinate group of the Revolutionary Guard, that the Treasury said are used "to oppress domestic opposition with brutal displays of violence" and supply fighters to regional conflicts.

Among the 25 was Iranian Bank Mellat and mining, manufacturing and investment firms that allegedly support the Basij.

Four of those listed were individuals running Hizbullah's operations in Iraq, the Treasury said.

All 25 have previously been named in U.S. Treasury sanctions announced in 2018.

"The TFTC's coordinated disruption of the financial networks used by the Iranian regime to fund terrorism is a powerful demonstration of Gulf unity," said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement.

"This action demonstrates the unified position of the Gulf nations and the United States that Iran will not be allowed to escalate its malign activity in the region," said Mnuchin, who addressed a business forum in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Comments 2
Thumb s.o.s 30 October 2019, 18:31

It’s a shame Europe is supporting Iran and its numerous terrorist organizations. We have to thank Trump and the GCC for trying to do the right thing.

Thumb tric.portugal 31 October 2019, 14:55

extremination of the cristhianity in Lebanon is moving...the final step of the meca+evangelical+jews process of extreminated the oldest cristhians comunities in the region of "great lebanon" is moving fast...USA is the greatest extreminator of cristhians comunities in Great Lebanon, they give the green light to Whaabis and Jews tu cut the head of the Cristhians...USA=Killers of Cristhians