US sanctions target Iran general

Qods force officer and Syria TV station penalised for "promoting violence in Iraq".

    The US accuses Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard special forces of financing violence in Iraq [AFP]


    Last October the US said Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps proliferated weapons of mass destruction and imposed sanctions on its Qods force.
    The US also accuses the Qods force of arming and training anti-multinational forces in Iraq.
    Simultaneously, economic sanctions were placed on Al-Zawra television channel which the US accuses of receiving money from al-Qaida.
    Iraqis sanctioned
    The three sanctioned Iraqis, who are living in exile in Iran and Syria, are named as Mishan al-Jaburi, Ismail Hafiz al-Lami and Abu Mustafa al-Sheibani.
    The sanctions prohibit all transactions between those designated and any US person, and freeze all assets they may have under US jurisdiction.
    "Iran trains, funds and provides weapons to violent Shia extremist groups while Syria provides safe haven to Sunni insurgents and financiers," Stuart Levey, the treasury's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.
    "Today's action brings to light the lethal action of these individuals and we call on the international community to stand with us in isolating them from the global economy."
    Both Iran and Syria strongly deny stirring up violence in Iraq and say the US is to blame.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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