Washington- The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action Tuesday against al-Nusra Front (ANF) and al-Qaeda (AQ) facilitator Muhammad Hadi al-Anizi.
Anizi, who is based in Kuwait, was designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
As a result, all property and interests in property of Anizi subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.
“From raising funds to facilitating the travel of terrorists, Anizi is responsible for providing key financial and logistical support to al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda,” OFAC said in a statement.
“The Treasury Department will continue to aggressively target Nusra Front’s and Qaeda’s financial structures to further disrupt their ability to conduct terrorist attacks.”
Anizi, a terrorist facilitator and financier, has provided extensive material and financial support to ANF since at least 2014.
In late 2015, Anizi solicited donations for ANF militants in Syria and sent approximately $20,000 to an ANF member in Syria.
In late 2014, he worked with an al-Nusra associate to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to the group’s members in Syria.
He also provided extensive material and financial support to AQ since at least 2007.
Anizi sought assistance from AQ financier and US- and UN-designated terrorist Sa’d al-Ka’bi to facilitate the travel of Qaeda-associated individuals in late 2015.
In mid- to late-2014, the terrorist obtained passports for a Qaeda associate in Syria, provided medical supplies to an injured Syria-based AQ associate and was appointed as AQ’s representative in Syria by the group’s senior leadership.
Prior to 2014, Anizi provided financial support to his brother, AQ facilitator and SDGT Abdullah al-Anizi, who used the money to fund terrorist operations.