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The Wall Street Journal U.S. Treasury Targets Islamic State Financial Network With Sanctions Latest additions to the agency’s sanctions list includes six people associated with the Rawi Network in Iraq, which moved money for the terrorist group By Kristin Broughton The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday imposed sanctions on seven individuals and a money-services business that the agency said helped move money for Islamic State.The action comes less than a month after U.S.-backed forces captured the last territory controlled by Islamic State in Syria, marking the demise of the group’s so-called caliphate.The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control targeted six members of the Rawi Network, a financial organization based in Iraq that the department says helped Islamic State facilitate transactions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.The network was used by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the early 1990s to evade sanctions and later supported Islamic State by smuggling...

Iraq begins trial proceedings for 900 ISIS suspects

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AFP, Baghdad Iraq has begun trial proceedings for nearly 900 Iraqi suspected members of ISIS extremist group caught fleeing extremist territory in neighboring Syria, a judicial source told AFP on Sunday.They were handed over to Iraqi authorities by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which ousted ISIS from swathes of eastern Syria including territory bordering Iraq.“We received the interrogation files of nearly 900 Iraqi Daesh (ISIS) members coming from Syria,” the court official said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to talk to the media.“The specialized terrorism court has begun setting dates for their trial in batches,” the source added.The nearly 900 suspected extremists were transferred by the SDF to Iraqi custody in recent months as the remnants of ISIS’ once sprawling self-declared “caliphate” collapsed in neighboring Syria. Read more: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2019/04/14/Iraq-begins-trial-proceedings-for-900-ISIS-suspects.html...
Department of Homeland Secretary DHS Actions to End Legal Loopholes and Secure Our BorderRepresentative Kevin Yoder (R-KS), Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, met with DHS personnel at the US-Mexico border on June 6, 2018.The Department of Homeland Security is committed to enforcing our immigration laws so that we can secure our border and keep the American people safe. DHS is taking action to disrupt cartels, smugglers, and nefarious actors. These actions include referring and then prosecuting 100 percent of illegal border crossers, building the first new border wall in a decade, and deploying the National Guard to the border. Read more: https://www.dhs.gov/ending-legal-loopholes-and-securing-our-border...
South China Morning Post Southeast Asia Philippine IS leader’s death confirmed by DNA tests   * Abu Dar, real name Benito Marohombsar, was killed in March after clashes with government forces near the southern city of Marawi    * He had helped plan a bloody siege of the city in 2017 along with the slain IS emir Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leaders Omar and Abdullah MauteThe Guardian  DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Philippine Islamic State leader known as “Abu Dar”, the last surviving leader of the IS-affiliated Maute Group, after a months-long military operation.The country’s defence secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, said it means “the self-proclaimed Isis leader is dead”, using another abbreviation for the militant group.“His group is leaderless in the meantime and also they are scattered after that successful operation by the army,” he said.   Read more: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3006095/philippine-leaders-death-confirmed-dna-tests...

Obama’s DHS Secretary On Current Illegal Immigration Numbers: “This Is A Crisis By Any Measure”   ...