US, Middle East States Impose Sanctions On Afghan-Based Charity For Financing IS-K

The Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) designated six targets for their associations with the Islamic State (IS), including an Afghan organisation, the U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday.

The TFTC, which was established in 2017, consists of the U.S., plus its six Middle East allies, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The targeted organisations and people are those who operate under false pretences to help the IS operations financially, by funnelling hundreds of thousands of dollars to leaders of the group in Syria and Iraq.

The Afghan-based Nejaat Social Welfare Organisation and its director, Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan, a resident of Kuwait, were also sanctioned for raising money for the Islamic State “province” in Khorasan, IS-K.

The Nejaat Social Welfare Organization “was used as a cover company to facilitate the transfer of funds and support the activities” of IS-K, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

The organization collected donations on behalf of IS-K from individuals in Qatar, the U.A.E., Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries, which was then “transferred from the Gulf to Asia – via the banking system” where an IS-K coordinator would collect the fund.

The “charity” had offices in Kabul and Jalalabad, which then distributed the funds to IS-K commanders, the Treasury Department said.

The sanctions also impact three Syria and Turkey-based services, the al Haram Exchange, Tawasul Company and al-Khalidi Exchange along with a senior IS financial facilitator Abd-a-Rahman Ali Husayn al-Ahmad al-Rawi.

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