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US Sanctions Alleged IS Child Trafficking Financiers

 

Associated Press

US Sanctions Alleged IS Child Trafficking Financiers

By FATIMA HUSSEIN

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. announced Monday that it is sanctioning five people accused of fundraising for the Islamic State group and using the funds to help traffic children to serve as fighters for the organization.

U.S. Treasury says the actors are pivotal to helping extremists travel to Syria and other regions where IS operates.

Dwi Dahlia Susanti and her accomplices are accused of facilitating money transfers from Indonesia, Turkey, and Syria, where the Treasury Department says Sustani used the funds to help “smuggle teenage children out of the camps to the desert, where they were received by (IS) foreign fighters, likely as child recruits” for IS.

The sanctions, imposed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, block any property or other assets the individuals have in the U.S. and those who engage in business with the sanctioned people could receive secondary sanctions.

The announcement comes just two days ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers from the global anti-IS coalition that is happening in Morocco on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken had to cancel his plan to attend because he tested positive for COVID-19, but the U.S. will be represented by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, who is the third highest-ranking U.S. diplomat.

Full story https://apnews.com/article/islamic-state-group-europe-middle-east-syria-turkey-731665090a68aac9d58b779d518e3341

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