The Treasury Department on Oct. 18 announced new sanctions on a key member of an al-Qaeda network operating in Iran, Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi (al-Harbi).
The action underscores that Iran continues to allow al-Qaeda to shuttle its money and fighters through the country in order to support al-Qaeda activities in South Asia and Syria.
“Today’s action, which builds on our action from July 2011, further exposes al-Qa’ida’s critically important Iran-based funding and facilitation network,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will continue targeting this crucial source of al-Qa’ida’s funding and support, as well as highlight Iran’s ongoing complicity in this network’s operation.”
The designation freezes any of al-Harbi’s assets in the United States and prohibits Americans from engaging in transactions with him. The State Department also indicated that it is offering multi-million dollar rewards for information on al-Harbi and the individual who facilities Iran’s al-Qaeda group, Muhsin al-Fahili.