US Slams Somali Islamist Network With Sanctions

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The US Department of the Treasury said on Monday it was taking action to “support the Somali government” in their “campaign to degrade the deadly terrorist group” Al-Shabab.

It said the militant group which is linked to al-Qaeda and once controlled much of Somalia, is now classed as a “transnational money-laundering network” by Washington.

Sixteen people and companies in the Horn of Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Cyprus are targeted by the new US sanctions – which accuse them of money-laundering and deprive them of the right to own property in the US or have any business dealings with US citizens.

Among those sanctioned by the US are: Haleel Commodities L.L.C,
Qemat Al Najah General Trading,
Faysal Yusuf Dini,
Hassan Abdirahman Mahamed, and Farhan Hussein Hayder.

It is not known if they intend to appeal.