US imposes sanctions in joint action with Saudi Arabia

Angie Massey
May 20, 2017

The United States and Saudi Arabia formally designated a senior leader of the Iranian-backed extremist group Hezbollah as a terrorist on Friday, the State Department announced.

The classification of Al-Deen and the imposition of sanctions against him are based on the terrorist crimes and financing system and the Royal Decree A/44, which targets terrorists and their supporters, where assets of those names classified are frozen, according to Saudi regulations.

The sanctions, put forth by the assets control office and the State Department, prohibit US companies and Americans from doing business with the two men, blocks their assets in the United States and places them as high-profile targets for law enforcement worldwide.

"As a result, any of his assets held in Saudi Arabia are frozen, and transfers through the kingdom's financial sector are prohibited", a US statement read.

Hashem Safieddine, head of Hezbollah's executive council, second left, is seen in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon.

"The action against Safieddine is the latest example of the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia in combating the financing of terrorism", the State Department said.

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"Hashem Safieddine is a senior leader in Hizballah, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT [Specially Designated Global Terrorist] entity supported by Iran", the State Department said in a statement.

The US designation order did not link him to any recent Hezbollah attacks but noted the group's historical involvement in the 1983 bombing of a US Marines barracks in Beirut, a US embassy bombing in 1984 and a passenger jet hijacking in 1985.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joined the United States in designating Hashem Safieddine".

Muhammad al-Isawi, more commonly known as Abu Usama al-Masri, has been ISIS' affiliate in the Sinai's leader since the death of Abu Du'a al-Ansari in August 2016. The Saudis also accuse Iran and Hezbollah of fanning the war in Yemen by supporting the Houthi rebels.

"OFAC [Office of Foreign Assets Control] designated Hashim Muhsin Aydarus al-Hamid (al-Hamid) and Khalid Ali Mabkhut al-Aradah (al-Aradah), both Yemen-based tribal leaders who facilitated the transfer of weapons and money and the movement of individuals in support of AQAP", the release stated.

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