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TFTC imposes sanctions on nine Taliban facilitators

TFTC imposes sanctions on nine Taliban facilitators

Oct 23, 2018 - 20:05

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A group of seven countries including US and Saudi Arabia Tuesday designated nine individuals associated with the terrorist group, including those facilitating Iranian support to bolster the Talibaninfo-icon

Such a designation by seven-member Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) -- US, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and UAE -- is a significant action to expose and disrupt Taliban actors and their Iranian sponsors that seek to undermine the security of the Afghan Government, the US said.

“Iran’s provision of military training, financing, and weapons to the Taliban is yet another example of Tehran’s blatant regional meddling and support for terrorism,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement after TFTC made an announcement in this regard.

Those designated are Mohammad Ebrahim Cowhide (also known as Jalal Valeri), Esma’il Razavi, Abdullah Samad Faroqui, Mohammad Daoud Muzzamil, Abdul Rahim Manan, Abdul Aziz (also known as Aziz Shah Zamani), Sadr Ibrahim, and Hafiz Majid pursuant.  

In addition, TFTC Member States also designated Naim Barich, who is managing the Taliban’s relationship with Iran.  Naim Barich was previously designated by the United States under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) on November 15, 2012

“The United States and our partners will not tolerate the Iranian regime exploiting Afghanistaninfo-icon to further their destabilizing behavior.  Iran’s support to the Taliban stands in stark violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions and epitomizes the regime’s utter disregard for fundamental international norms,” Mnuchin said.

This is the third coordinated TFTC designation action since the Center was announced on May 21, 2017.  

In a statement, the Department if Treasury said that these designations support President Donald Trump’s South Asia Strategy by exposing and disrupting actors seeking to undermine the Afghan government and disrupting terrorist safe havens in South Asia.  

“We will continue to actively target those providing financial support to the Taliban until there is a negotiated peace settlement,” it said.  

The inclusion of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force (IRGC-QF) members supporting Taliban elements in this action highlights the scope of the Iranian regime’s malign activities and regionally destabilizing behavior, and furthers the U.S. maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the Treasury said. 


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