U.S. freezes assets of Syrian funding Zarqawi (WORLD TRIBUNE) 01/26/05)
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The Bush administration has ordered the freezing of the assets of a
Syrian national identified as a financier and recruiter of the Sunni
insurgency in Iraq.
Officials said the Syrian has relayed funds to Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi,
regarded as the most lethal insurgent in Iraq.
The Syrian national was identified as Sulayman Khalid Darwish. The
Treasury Department said Darwish was linked to Al Zarqawi and Al
Qaida´s network in Iraq.
"Darwish handles mostly financial issues for Al Zarqawi, collecting
and distributing funds for him," Treasury said on Jan.
25. "Specifically, Darwish sent donations of $10,000 to $12,000 to Al
Zarqawi in Iraq every 20-25 days. Darwish sent the money into Iraq
through suicide attack volunteers who were entering the country."
A Treasury statement said Darwish transferred funds and other support
to Al Zarqawi, Middle East Newsline reported. It quoted the Syrian
embassy in Washington as saying Darwish has been on "top of the
wanted list by Syrian security forces and counterterrorism
Under the move, Darwish´s bank accounts and other assets would be
frozen in the United States. The next step, officials said, would be
to freeze Darwish´s assets throughout all United Nations member
Officials said the administration has persuaded Syria to also freeze
Darwish´s assets. They did not provide an estimate of Darwish´s
assets in Syria.
"This terrorist financier is helping support Al Zarqawi, who has
launched violent acts against our troops, coalition partners and the
Iraqi people," Treasury Secretary John Snow said. "Identifying
financial operatives and choking off the flow of blood money moves us
closer to our ultimate goal of fracturing the financial backbone of
the Iraqi insurgency and Al Qaida." (Copyright © 2005 East West
Services, Inc. 01/26/05)
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