US says ISIL’s Mosul financial emir lives in Turkey

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The US Department of the Treasury said Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) financial emir for the Iraqi city of Mosul Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur has been living in Turkey since earlier this year, the Hürriyet daily reported on Sunday.

According to a report by the US Treasury on Aug. 29, al-Mansur, who was named a “specially designated global terrorist” and barred from both the US and Iraqi financial systems, has been living in Mersin, Adana province, and İstanbul since early 2017.

The information on al-Mansur, on the Office of Foreign Assets Control as Specially Designated Nationals in the US Department of Treasury website is as follows:

AL-MANSUR, Salim Mustafa Muhammad (a.k.a. MANSUR AL-IFRI, Salim Mustafa Muhammad; a.k.a. MANSUR, Salim; a.k.a. MUSTAFA, Salim Mansur; a.k.a. “AL-IFRI, Saleem”; a.k.a. “AL-SHAKLAR, Hajji Salim”), Mersin, Turkey; Istanbul, Turkey; Adana, Turkey; DOB 1959; nationality Iraq; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT).”

Treasury continues to work in close collaboration with the Government of Iraq to dismantle ISIS financial networks both inside and outside of ISIS-controlled territory,” said John E. Smith, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a Reuters report.

According to the US, Mansur helped transfer hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dinars to ISIL in Mosul in 2014 and then helped launder and transfer money for the group and sold oil it had extracted in Iraq and Syria.

In September of last year, the US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on two men, Mohamad Alsaied Alhmidan and Hussam Jamous, based in Turkey and alleged to be ISIL financial facilitators.

According to the US Treasury, 40-year-old Alhmidan, who is based in an unspecified part of Turkey and carries a Syrian passport, facilitated the movement of tens of thousands of dollars and foreign fighters and provided logistical support to ISIL. Jamous is based in Antakya, Hatay province, near the Syrian border, also has a Syrian passport and is about 33 years old, it said.

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