The US Treasury Sanctions Key Daesh Financial Facilitators
Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to designate two Daesh financiers pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
“While coalition efforts have led to the collapse of Daesh’s self-declared caliphate, Treasury continues to aggressively target financiers supporting Daesh’s radical agenda. We are sanctioning individuals involved in financial facilitation to obstruct and deter Daesh financial operations in regions across the world,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “Our actions coincide with the 10th meeting of the Counter-Daesh Finance Group (CIFG), which includes 52 countries and international organizations committed to disrupting critical sources of Daesh revenue to permanently prevent ISIS from accessing the international financial system.”
Today’s designations are part of Treasury’s and the broader U.S. government’s ongoing and concerted efforts to disrupt Daesh-related financial activities around the globe. Throughout 2018, the Departments of the Treasury and State targeted Daesh branches, facilitators, and networks in Bangladesh, Iraq, Somalia, the Philippines, and across West and North Africa. The U.S. government will continue taking disruptive action to prevent Daesh from exploiting the financial system to fund its operations.
As a result of today’s action, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Emraan Ali (Ali) was designated for acting for or on behalf of Daesh.
Syria-based, dual U.S. and Trinidadian national, Ali has been involved in money transfers from Trinidad and Tobago to Syria in support of Daesh. As of January 2017, Ali would receive and provide funds to Trinidadian ISIS fighters. For several years, a number of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago in Syria received money transfers through Ali. In the summer of 2015, Ali lived at a Daesh guest house in Syria and had been assigned to Raqqah, Syria.
Eddie Aleong (Aleong) was designated for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of Daesh.
As of March 2018, Trinidad-based Aleong facilitated money transfers to Daesh members in Daesh-controlled territory. As of January 2017, a Trinidadian Daesh supporter possibly planned to work with Eddie Aleong, to transfer funds to Emraan Ali, who would then provide the funds to Trinidadian Daesh fighters in Syria.