The Treasury Department on Tuesday added two Iranian groups and seven Iranians to its terrorism blacklist for their support of terrorists in Afghanistan and the Middle East under the guise of providing development assistance or social services.
The designations target the Iranian government’s support for terrorism and terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and the Taliban.
In a statement, the Treasury Department said Iran's Quds Force, an elite arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, provides “select members” of the Taliban in Afghanistan with weapons, funding and training. It added that Tehran trains, equips and funds Iraqi Shiite militant groups.
The Treasury Department sanctioned:
• Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi, commander of the Quds Force in Lebanon, who has acted as a liaison to Hezbollah and Syrian intelligence services. He reportedly is charged with guaranteeing weapons shipments to Hezbollah.
• Razi Musavi, a Syria-based Iranian official who has provided financial and material support to Hezbollah.
Treasury also sanctioned the Iranian Committee for the Reconstruction of Lebanon and its director, Hessam Khoshnevis, for providing financial, material and technological support to Hezbollah.
Treasury also tightened sanctions against 21 entities linked to Iran’s banking, insurance and investment, mining and engineering industries. They are based in Japan, Germany, Italy, Belarus and Luxembourg, as well as Iran.View Entire Story
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Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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