US TREASURY DESIGNATES IRAN’S FOREIGN FIGHTER MILITIAS IN SYRIA AND AIRLINE FERRYING WEAPONS TO SYRIA

On 24th January, OFAC announced that it had taken action against 2 Syria-based, Iran-backed militias composed of foreign nationals, an Iranian airline linked to designated Iranian airline Mahan Air and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), and an Armenian general sales agent (GSA) providing services to Mahan Air.  It says that, in addition to transporting weapons and fighters for the IRGC-QF, Mahan Air has been used by the IRGC to transport bodies of Fatemiyoun Division fighters who are killed fighting in Syria back to several airports in Iran.  Mahan Air also aids Qeshm Fars Air, which originally operated as a commercial airline between 2006 and 2013, restarted operations in 2017.  OFAC has now designated Qeshm Fars Air.  OFAC is also identifying 2 Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” aircraft as property in which Qeshm Fars Air has an interest:  EP-FAA and EP-FAB.   These identifications serve to warn those who provide support to these aircraft that they could be exposed to US sanctions.  Flight Travel LLC, located in Yerevan, Armenia is also being designated for acting for or on behalf of Mahan Air.

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm590

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20190124.aspx

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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