Friday, May 29, 2009

U.S. Treasury Designates 'Abd Al Menhem Qubaysi' As Global Terrorist Group

Via NEFA Foundation -

U.S. Treasury Department Press Release: Specially Designated Global Terrorist
(Added 5/29/09)

In designating Abd Al Menhem Qubaysi, the U.S. Treasury Department stated that "Qubaysi is a Cote d'Ivoire-based Hizballah supporter and is the personal representative of Hizballah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. Qubaysi communicates with Hizballah leaders and has hosted senior Hizballah officials traveling to Cote d'Ivoire and other parts of Africa to raise money for Hizballah. Qubaysi plays a visible role in Hizballah activities in Cote d'Ivoire, including speaking at Hizballah fundraising events and sponsoring meetings with high-ranking members of the terrorist organization. Qubaysi also helped establish an official Hizballah foundation in Cote d'Ivoire which has been used to recruit new members for Hizballah's military ranks in Lebanon."

At the same time, Treasury designated Kassim Tajideen, identifying him as "an important financial contributor to Hizballah who operates a network of businesses in Lebanon and Africa. He has contributed tens of millions of dollars to Hizballah and has sent funds to Hizballah through his brother, a Hizballah commander in Lebanon. In addition, Kassim Tajideen and his brothers run cover companies for Hizballah in Africa. In 2003, Tajideen was arrested in Belgium in connection with fraud, money laundering, and diamond smuggling."


More information can be found over on the Counterterrorism Blog.

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