The U.S. has levied sanctions against three Al Qaeda leaders residing in Iran. The sanctions mean that you can’t give money or business with these guys. They’ll be on sanctions list databases and financial institutions will be checking transactions against those databases to help enforce the sanctions. Wouldn’t it be nice if Iran helped us enforce these sanctions, since we freed up billions of dollars for Iran in the nuclear deal?
From The Long War Journal:
The Treasury Department announced today that three senior al Qaeda members have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. All three of them are “located in Iran.”
The newly-designated al Qaeda operatives are: Faisal Jassim Mohammed Al Amri Al Khalidi, Yisra Muhammad Ibrahim Bayumi, and Abu Bakr Muhammad Muhammad Ghumayn.
The Iranian government has maintained a relationship with al Qaeda since the early 1990s. Although the two sides are sometimes at odds, including inside Syria, Treasury’s announcement indicates that some of al Qaeda’s most important commanders are able to evade the American drone campaign by sheltering inside Iran.
Read about each of the three men on The Long War Journal here.