US announces new sanctions targeting Hamas, Islamic State, other groups

WASHINGTON: The United States said it was imposing sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on Tuesday, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks.

The sanctions targeted 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups including Hamas, al Qaeda, Islamic State and Iran’s IRGC, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

Utilizing @POTUS’s enhanced Counter Terrorism E.O., Treasury sanctions over two dozen individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups

— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) September 10, 2019

Last week, US blacklisted an “oil for terror” network of firms, ships and individuals allegedly directed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for supplying Syria with oil worth hundreds of millions of dollars in breach of US sanctions.

Washington also issued a new international shipping advisory about IRGC’s use of “deceptive practices” to violate US sanctions on Iranian oil sales and warned that those doing business with blacklisted entities “are now exposed to US sanctions,” said State Department official Brian Hook, who oversees Iran policy.

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