United States (Xinhua) -- The
U.S. Department of the Treasury said on Monday that it
has slapped sanctions on seven individuals and one
entity for their alleged financial support for the
Islamic State (IS).
Among the designated
targets, six individuals and the money services business
entity are part of the Rawi Network, a key ISIS
financial facilitation group based out of Iraq.
The seventh designated individual is a Kenya-based
female financial facilitator who has allegedly played an
important role in an IS facilitation network in East
Africa, according to a statement issued by the Treasury.
As the result of sanctions, all property and
interests in property of those sanctioned targets that
were subject to U.S. jurisdiction would be blocked, and
U.S. persons were generally prohibited from engaging in
transactions with them.
"Our sanctions underscore how the ISIS threat has
morphed, with financial cells on multiple continents,
and with female operatives such as Halima Adan Ali, a
Kenya-based financial facilitator," said Sigal Mandelker,
under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and
She also said the Treasury was dedicated to ensuring
the enduring defeat of IS by cutting off all remaining
sources of their terror funding around the globe.
U.S. President Donald Trump claimed last month that
the IS-held territory in Syria and Iraq had been fully
liberated. While General Joseph Votel, head of the U.S.
Central Command, said earlier the same month that the IS
would be "a serious generational problem" and "the fight
against IS is far from over."