US sanctions Iran’ IRGC, ISIS, Hamas, other terror outfits on 9/11 anniversary: Steven Mnuchin

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Washington DC, Sep 11: The United States has announced sanctions on Tuesday over a “wide range of terrorist and their supporters”, including Iran’s IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and the Palestinian Hamas terror group, on the anniversary of 9/11 terror attack.

The US sanctioned 15 leaders, entities and individuals affiliated with terror organizations such as Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Iran’s IRGC, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the US department of treasury said in an official statement.

The sanctions were applied via new measures from an executive order being recently updated by US President Donald Trump.

“Since the horrific attacks of 9/11, the US government has refocused its counterterrorism efforts to constantly adapt to emerging threats,” treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.

“President Trump’s modernized counterterrorism Executive Order enhances the authorities we use to target the finances of terror groups and their leaders to ensure they are as robust as possible,” Mnuchin said.

Sanctioned leaders include Lebanon’s IRGC-Quds Force’s Palestinian office chief Muhammad Sa’id Izadi and the head of Hamas’ financial office, Turkey-based Zaher Jabarin.

The objectives additionally incorporated a Brazil-based al-Qaeda part, a Maldivian national who enlisted people for the ISIL branch dynamic in Afghanistan, and an employable of the ISIL offshoot in the Philippines, the announcement said.

The assents mean any property the objectives may have in the US would be blocked and US people would be precluded from having business dealings with them.

Eric Lorber, the ex-Treasury Department senior consultant, said the new request is a “significant change”.

“While most financial institutions would not have done business with designated terrorists even before this new authority, this action makes clear that the US Treasury is willing to take serious steps to punish those financial institutions that do,” Lorber said.

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