US blacklists Islamic State finance operatives in Turkey

WASHINGTON : The US Treasury named two Turkey-based men alleged to be Islamic State finance facilitators to it sanctions blacklist Thursday.

The Treasury said Mohamad Alsaied Alhmidan and Hussam Jamous provide financial support and services for the Islamic State group and assist foreign fighters involved with IS (also known as ISIL). Alhmidan, around 40 years old, is based in an unspecified part of Turkey and carries a Syrian passport, the Treasury said. Jamous is based in Antakya, Hatay near the Syrian border, also has a Syrian passport and is about 33 years old, it said. The placing of them on a sanctions list seeks to lock them out of the global financial system by banning US companies and individuals from doing business with them.

“These designations isolate Mohamad Alsaied Alhmidan and Hussam Jamous from the global financial system and expose their activities to the world,” said Adam Szubin, Acting Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in a statement.

“Today’s action marks the latest step in Treasury’s efforts to cut off ISIL’s finances and underscores that ISIL financial facilitators are not beyond the reach of the international campaign to defeat ISIL,” he said, using the US government’s acronym for Islamic state.


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