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U.S. imposes fresh Iran-related sanctions despite coronavirus

The United States blacklisted five Iran- and Iraq-based companies and 15 individuals on Thursday for supporting terrorist groups, its third round of sanctions on Iranian targets in the last two weeks even as Tehran battles the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department accused those targeted of supporting… Read More

U.S. Blacklists New Islamic State Leader

The U.S. blacklisted the new leader of Islamic State as a specially designated global terrorist, the State Department said Tuesday. The designation of Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla comes as the U.S. continues to add pressure on ISIS, which the U.S. has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. Efforts to… Read More

Air Transport Communications Company Settles Allegations of Terrorist Sanctions Violations

An air transport communications company has agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle allegations it did business with airlines that the U.S. had placed on a terrorist blacklist. Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques SCRL, a private Swiss company, provided commercial services and software to airlines based in Iran, Syria and… Read More
13th February 2020
AP — The United States has granted Iraq a 45-day sanctions waiver enabling the country to continue importing vital Iranian gas and electricity supplies. In a statement Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said the waiver “ensures that Iraq is able to meet its short-term energy needs while it takes steps… Read More
6th January 2020
Iran will no longer honor its commitment to limit its enrichment of uranium, stepping away from a key component of the landmark nuclear deal it agreed to with six nations, including the United States, in 2015. The announcement was reported Sunday in Iranian state media. It marks the latest in… Read More
6th January 2020
President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to slap sanctions on Iraq after its parliament passed a resolution calling for the government to expel foreign troops from the country. Tensions in the Middle East spiraled last week after Trump called for a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed a… Read More
11th September 2019
The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The targets include 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups… Read More
1st August 2019
Oil tanker owners are finding a way to reduce the risks of navigating the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important — and lately most dangerous — energy chokepoint: vanish from global tracking systems. Copying from Iran’s own playbook, at least 20 ships turned off their transponders while passing through… Read More
13th June 2019
The United States on Wednesday sanctioned an Iraqi company and two of its associates, which it said had helped Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds force evade sanctions by smuggling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons. “Treasury is taking action to shut down Iranian weapons smuggling networks that have… Read More
25th April 2019
AP — The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated U.S. foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that have dealings with the Revolutionary Guard and its… Read More
11th February 2019
A former sales boss at a London firm has pleaded guilty over allegations he made corrupt offers to influence officials in Saudi Arabia to award the company contracts worth billions. British national David Lufkin, who worked as Global Head of Sales for Petrofac International Limited, is now awaiting sentencing… Read More
3rd September 2018
Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it was “astonished” at a Reuters report that Iran had moved missiles to Iraq and that the article was “without evidence”, but stopped short of denying its contents. “Iraq is not obliged to respond to media reports that lack tangible evidence backing up… Read More
14th August 2018
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Monday his government was only committed to not using dollars in transactions with Iran, not to abiding with the full scope of U.S. sanctions against the country. “Our commitment in the Iran issue is to not use the dollar currency in transaction, not… Read More