US sanctions Turkish companies, individuals for supporting ISIL

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US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on four companies and two people operating in Syria, Turkey, the Gulf and Europe for providing financial and logistical support to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to Reuters.

The targets were blacklisted under an executive order that imposes sanctions on terrorists and those who have provided assistance or support for terrorists, the US Treasury Department said.

The Turkish-based Sahloul Money Exchange Company, Al-Sultan Money Transfer Company and ACL İthalat İhracat were targeted for providing financial and logistical support to ISIL, as were Turkish nationals İsmail Bayaltun and his brother Ahmet Bayaltun.

The Afghan-based Nejaat Social Welfare Organization and two of its senior officials, Sayed Habib Ahmad Khan and Rohullah Wakil, was also targeted for supporting activities of the ISIL branch in Afghanistan.

In a statement US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin characterized the move as a follow-up pressure tactic on the jihadist group after a US special forces operations killed ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“Following the highly successful operation against al-Baghdadi, the Trump administration is resolved to completely destroy ISIS’s remaining network of terror cells,”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, using an acronym for the group. The sanctions freeze any US assets held by those targeted and prohibit Americans from doing business with them.

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