three entities to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Daesh, and Boko Haram. Members of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), including Saudi Arabia, have unanimously named 13 individuals and three entities as being linked to terrorist organizations.

The declaration comes on the fifth anniversary of the TFTC, which was established to combat terrorist financing and boost member governments’ regional capabilities.

Three of the individuals were linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, four persons and a corporation were linked to Daesh, and six people were linked to financing Boko Haram, according to a statement from the Saudi Presidency of State Security. Saraya Al-Ashtar and Saraya Al-Mukhtar were also identified as terrorist groups in the post on Twitter.

The classification reflects member states’ commitment to accomplishing the center’s objectives.

It also sends a message to the international community about the productive cooperation between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members and the United States in using the multilateral body to combat terrorist financing.

Since its inception in 2017, the TFTC has coordinated six steps of joint classification against 82 persons and terrorist entities.

To combat regional money laundering and terrorist financing networks, the GCC member states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — and the US formed the TFTC.

Lebanese national Ali Al-Qusayer, Iranian nationals Miqdad Amini and Murtada Minai for their ties to the Al-Quds force, which works under the Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah, Afghan national Esmatullah Khaluzi for his ties to Daesh operations in Khorasan, and Syrian national Alaa Khanfurah for his ties to Daesh.

Abdurrahman Adu Musa, Salihu Youssef Admu, Bashir Ali Youssef, Mohammed Ibrahim Issa, Ibrahim Ali Al-Hasan, and Suraju AbuBakr Mohammed are among the Nigerians on the list. The six, who work for Boko Haram, established a cell in the UAE to generate funds for the terrorist organisation.

Syrians Baraa Al-Qaterji and Hussam Rushdi Al-Qaterji, who founded Al-Qaterji Co., were charged with supporting Daesh’s gasoline trade and working with terrorist groups like the Revolutionary Guards.

Saraya Al-Ashtar and Saraya Al-Mukhtar, according to the statement, are Bahrain-based terrorist militias that receive financial, military, and logistical support from the Revolutionary Guards.

Saraya al-self-described Mukhtar’s purpose, according to a separate press statement released by the US Department of Treasury on Monday, is “to prepare the way for Iran to exert greater influence in Bahrain and beyond.”

“The gang has organized assaults against US forces in Bahrain and has offered cash bounties for the assassination of Bahraini authorities on numerous occasions,” it continued.

Saraya al-Ashtar, also known as al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), “has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks against police and security targets in Bahrain,” according to the statement. The group “also calls for violence against the Bahraini, British, Saudi Arabian, and US governments on social media,” it added.

Since its inception in 2017, the TFTC has coordinated six steps of joint classification against 82 persons and terrorist entities.

Daesh and its affiliates, Al-Qaeda, the Revolutionary Guards, and the Hezbollah militia have all been targeted by these classifications.

The TFTC stated that the classifications were designed to disrupt terrorist financing, and that it would continue to coordinate actions and efforts to disrupt this type of funding, improve intelligence coordination to uncover terrorist financing, and strengthen member states’ capacity to target activities that posed a national security threat.

According to the system for countering terrorist acts and their financing, all cash and assets belonging to the people or entities specified in the categories must be frozen, and any direct or indirect dealings with them, whether for their benefit or on their behalf, are forbidden.


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