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Protecting Charitable Organizations - I

Additional Background Information on Charities Designated Under Executive Order 13224


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International Islamic Relief Organization-related Designations:

International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO)

The IIRO was established in 1978 and, according to its website, the organization has branch offices in over 20 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 

Abd Al Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil (Al-Mujil) is the Executive Director of the IIRO Eastern Province (IIRO-EP) branch office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Al-Mujil has been called the “million dollar man” for supporting Islamic militant groups.  Al-Mujil provided donor funds directly to al Qaida and is identified as a major fundraiser for the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).  Both ASG and JI are al Qaida-associated terrorist groups in Southeast Asia designated pursuant to the authorities of E.O. 13224. These terrorist groups are also on the United Nations 1267 Committee’s consolidated list of individuals and entities associated with the Taliban, al Qaida and/or Usama Bin Ladin.  In 2004, Al-Mujil invited a Philippines-based JI supporter to Saudi Arabia under the cover of traveling for the hajj (the Muslim pilgrimage), and planned to provide him with cash to carry back to the Philippines to support organizations including JI.  Al-Mujil was also present in Afghanistan in the late 1990s and personally knew Usama Bin Ladin and deceased al Qaida co-founder Abdallah Azzam.  Al-Mujil traveled continuously to meet with members of Bin Ladin’s organization in Arab countries. In the 1990s, Al-Mujil established a relationship with senior al Qaida operational planner Khalid Shaykh Muhammad.  Al-Mujil has a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations.  He has contributed direct financial assistance to ASG leaders, including Abdurajak Janjalani (deceased).  The Indonesian and Philippines branches of IIRO have received support from IIRO-EP, which in turn is controlled by Al-Mujil.  Indeed, he is often responsible for authorizing payment transfers for IIRO Philippines (IIRO-PHL) and IIRO Indonesia (IIRO-IDN).

Name: Abd al-Hamid Sulaiman Al-Mujil

AKAs: 
Dr. Abd al-Hamid Al-Mujal
Dr. Abd Abdul-Hamid bin Sulaiman Al-Mu’jil
Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Mu’ajjal
Abd al-Hamid Mu’jil
A.S. Mujel
Abu Abdallah

DOB:                   28 April 1949
Nationality:        Saudi Arabian

For Additional Information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp45.htm

International Islamic Relief Organization Philippines (IIRO PHL)

U.S. Designation Date: August 3, 2006

Background: The IIRO-PHL is a source of funding for the al Qaida-affiliated ASG.  IIRO-PHL has served as a liaison for the ASG with other Islamic extremist groups.  A former ASG member in the Philippines familiar with IIRO operations in the country reported that a limited amount of foreign IIRO funding goes to legitimate projects and the rest is directed to terrorist operations.  The Philippine branches of the IIRO were founded sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s by Muhammad Jamal Khalifah, who is Usama bin Laden’s brother-in-law and has been identified as a senior al Qaida member.  IIRO-PHL’s director, Abd al-Hadi Daguit, is a trusted associate of Khalifah. While working as the director of IIRO-PHL, Khalifah maintained close connections with al Qaida through his relations with senior al Qaida supporters, including Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) Wa’el Hamza Julaidan.  At the time Khalifah directed the IIRO-PHL, he employed an ASG intelligence officer as the provincial director of the IIRO-PHL in the Tawi-Tawi region of the Southern Philippines until that officer’s death in 1994.  In the mid 1990s, a major ASG supporter, Mahmud Abd Al-Jalil Afif, served as the director of the IIRO-PHL and used the organization to funnel money to terrorist groups including the ASG.  Afif was implicated in the assassination of Father Salvatore Carzeda in San Jose Gusu, Zamboanga City, Philippines on June 20, 1992. 

AKAs: International Islamic Relief Agency
International Relief Organization
Islamic Relief Organization
Islamic World Relief
International Islamic Aid Organization
Islamic Salvation Committee
IIRO
The Human Relief Committee of the Muslim World League
World Islamic Relief Organization
Al Igatha Al-Islamiya
Hayat al-Aghatha al-Islamia al-Alamiya
Hayat al-Igatha
Hayat Al-‘Igatha
Ighatha
Igatha
Igassa
Igasa
Igase
Egassa

For Additional Information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp45.htm
                  


International Islamic Relief Organization Indonesia (IIRO IDN)

U.S. Designation Date: August 3, 2006

Background: The IIRO Indonesia director has channeled money to two Indonesia-based, JI-affiliated foundations.  Information from 2006 shows that IIRO-IDN supports JI by providing assistance with recruitment, transportation, logistics, and safe-havens.  As of late 2002, IIRO-IDN allegedly financed the establishment of training facilities for use by al Qaida associates.

AKAs: International Islamic Relief Agency
International Relief Organization
Islamic Relief Organization
Islamic World Relief
International Islamic Aid Organization
Islamic Salvation Committee
IIRO
The Human Relief Committee of the Muslim World League
World Islamic Relief Organization
Al Igatha Al-Islamiya
Hayat al-Aghatha al-Islamia al-Alamiya
Hayat al-Igatha
Hayat Al-‘Igatha
Ighatha 
Igatha
Igassa
Igasa
Igase
Egassa


For Additional Information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp45.htm

 

Interpal/The Palestinian Relief and Development Fund

U.S. Designation Date: August 22, 2003

Background: Interpal, headquartered in the UK, has been a principal charity utilized to hide the flow of money to HAMAS. Reporting indicates it is the conduit through which money flows to HAMAS from other charities, e.g., the Al Aqsa Foundation, and that it oversees the activities of other charities. For example, the Sanabil Association for Relief and Development represents Interpal in Lebanon. Reporting also indicates that Interpal is the fundraising coordinator of HAMAS, a coordination point for other HAMAS-affiliated charities. This role is of the type that includes supervising activities of charities, developing new charities in targeted areas, instructing how funds should be transferred from one charity to another, and even determining public relations policy.

AKAs: Relief and Development Fund For Palestine
Welfare and Development Fund of Palestine
Palestinian Aid and Support Fund

For Additional Information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/js672.htm

Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA)/Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA)

U.S. Designation Date: October 13, 2004

IARA/ISRA is headquartered in Khartoum, Sudan and maintains over 40 offices throughout the world, including in the United States. IARA is formerly affiliated with Maktab Al-Khidamat (MK), which was co-founded and financed by UBL and is the precursor organization of al Qaida. Records indicate several years of cooperation among IARA, MK, and UBL, starting in 1997, including a fundraising trip in 2000 during which one of IARA's Afghanistan leaders accompanied the Afghanistan MK leader to Sudan and other locations in the Middle East and raised $5 million for MK activities. Additional information indicates an IARA leader was involved in discussions to help relocate UBL to secure safe harbor for him. Among others, these discussions included representatives for UBL and MK, along with Lajnat al-Dawa (LDI). In addition, a Sudanese individual traveled to Mali and stayed with an IARA director while assessing whether Mali could serve as a safe harbor for UBL.

Evidence also shows that as of early 2003, IARA was responsible for moving funds to the Palestinian territories for use in terrorist activities, notably serving as a conduit to Hamas in one Western European country. In part, funds were raised through IARA collection boxes marked “Allah” and “Israel ,” signaling the funds would be directed towards attacks against Israelis. Within the last year, IARA was reportedly linked to the Belgium office of the Al-Aqsa Foundation.

The U.S.-based branch of IARA/ISRA is located in Columbia, Missouri, and was founded in 1985 as the “Islamic African Relief Agency, United States Affiliate.” In 1999, the charity substituted “American” for “African” in its name.

AKAs: IARA
Islamic Relief Agency
ISRA, Islamic American Relief Agency
Al-Wakala al-Islamiya l'il-Ighatha
Al-Wakala al-Islamiya al-Afrikia l'il-Ighatha

For Additional Information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/js2025.htm

 

Islamic Resistance Support Organization (IRSO)

U.S. Designation Date: August 29, 2006

Background: The Islamic Resistance Support Organization (IRSO) is located in Beirut, Lebanon and is a key Hizballah fundraising organization. Hizballah uses IRSO to solicit donations in support of its terrorist activities.  Specifically, IRSO solicits funds for Hizballah through advertisements broadcast on Hizballah’s al-Manar television station.  IRSO has identified itself to prospective donors as one and the same as Hizballah.  Solicitation materials distributed by IRSO inform prospective donors that funds will be used to purchase sophisticated weapons and conduct operations.  Indeed, donors can choose from a series of projects to contribute to, including, supporting and equipping fighters and purchasing rockets and ammunition.

AKAs: Hayat al-Dam Lil-Muqawama al-Islamiya
Islamic Resistance Support Association

Attached are donation forms for the Islamic Resistance Support Organization, as well as an English translation. The forms remind donors of the programs to which their contributions may be directed, including “to the cost of a rocket” and “to the cost of bullets.”

IRSO Donation Forms Scan Document
English Translation of IRSO Donation Forms

For additional information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp73.htm

 

Iranian Committee for the Reconstruction of Lebanon (ICRL) – Iran, Lebanon

U.S. Designation Date: August 3, 2010

Background: The Iranian Committee for the Reconstruction of Lebanon (ICRL) provides financial, material, and technical support to Hizballah. It was established by the Government of Iran after the 2006 Israel-Hizballah conflict and functions as a key channel for Iran's support to Hizballah reconstruction efforts in Lebanon.  In addition to ICRL's stated mission of supporting reconstruction, ICRL has financed and facilitated Hizballah's infrastructure and private communications network that enables the terrorist group to communicate securely. The ICRL has provided funding and engineering expertise to Hizballah's construction arm, Jihad al-Binaa, which was designated by Treasury pursuant to E.O. 13224 in February 2007.

For Additional Information: http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg810.aspx

 

Imam Khomeini Relief Committee (IKRC) - Lebanon Branch

U.S. Designation Date: August 3, 2010

Background: The IKRC in Lebanon is a Hizballah social service organization that was created by the Government of Iran in the 1980s and is directed and run by Hizballah members or cadre. Iran has provided millions of dollars to the Hizballah-run branch in Lebanon since 2007. The IKRC has helped fund and operate Hizballah youth training camps, which have been used to recruit future Hizballah members and operatives. Hizballah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah has acknowledged the IKRC branch in Lebanon as one of Hizballah's openly-functioning institutions linked to and funded by Iran. Also designated today is the director of IKRC in Lebanon, Ali Zuraik, for acting for or on behalf of the IKRC in Lebanon. Zuraik has also publicly acknowledged that the IKRC in Lebanon operates under the umbrella of Hizballah.

For Additional Information: http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg810.aspx

 


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Lajnat al Daawa al Islamiyya

U.S. Designation Date: January 9, 2003

UN Designation Date: February 20, 2003

Background: Lajnat al Daawa al Islamiyya (LDI) (also known as the “Islamic Call Committee”), based in Kuwait, was submitted to the UN for designation by a foreign government. The U.S. designated pursuant to the requirements of UNSCR 1373, which requires countries to designate those who finance terrorism when presented with information from other countries. Information supplied by another government indicates that LDI is one of the most active Islamic NGOs to give logistical and financial support to mujahideen operating in the Pakistan-Afghanistan area, especially for those who wanted to leave Afghanistan. In late October 2000, LDI representatives were present in a meeting in Kandahar with Mullah Omar and other collaborators of Usama bin Laden (UBL). During that meeting, there was a commitment made to offer logistical support to Arab volunteers willing to leave Afghanistan, and especially to supply them with vehicles or travel documents. LDI had previous involvement in facilitating travel as they had supplied visas for foreign fighters to leave the Pakistan-Afghanistan area in 1994 after receiving military training.

This foreign government also indicated that phone numbers of LDI in Pakistan and Afghanistan have appeared in different investigations related to Islamic terrorism since 1996. The Islamabad branch was contacted by UBL’s representative in London – an individual later arrested in connection with the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam. Several workers of LDI in Peshawar belonged to al Qaida, including Ramzi Yussef, who has been convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, considered as one of the most important operational officers for al Qaida, was head of the Peshawar branch of LDI from 1988 to 1995.

LDI has reportedly been used as a financial conduit for UBL and al Qaida – sometimes moving quantities in the range of $400,000. In 2001, LDI intensified fundraising campaigns for Muslims in Chechnya. During this same period, it offered financial support to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (a terrorist organization designated by the U.S. and UN). It should be noted that the offices of the LDI in Peshawar were reportedly closed after the terrorist attack against the U.S. General Consulate in Karachi in June 2002.

AKAs: Islamic Call Committee
Lajna Aldawa Alisalmiah
Lajna Aldawa Alislamia
Lajna Aldawa Alislamiya
Lajnat Al D'Awa
Al Islámica
Lajnat Al Daawa Al Islamiya
Lajnat Al Dawa
Lajnat Al Dawa Al Islamia
Lajnat Aldawa Al Islamiah
Lajnat Aldawa Alislamia

 

Islamic Resistance Support Organization (IRSO)

U.S. Designation Date: August 29, 2006

Background: The Islamic Resistance Support Organization (IRSO) is located in Beirut, Lebanon and is a key Hizballah fundraising organization. Hizballah uses IRSO to solicit donations in support of its terrorist activities.  Specifically, IRSO solicits funds for Hizballah through advertisements broadcast on Hizballah’s al-Manar television station.  IRSO has identified itself to prospective donors as one and the same as Hizballah.  Solicitation materials distributed by IRSO inform prospective donors that funds will be used to purchase sophisticated weapons and conduct operations.  Indeed, donors can choose from a series of projects to contribute to, including, supporting and equipping fighters and purchasing rockets and ammunition.

AKAs: Hayat al-Dam Lil-Muqawama al-Islamiya
Islamic Resistance Support Association

Attached are donation forms for the Islamic Resistance Support Organization, as well as an English translation. The forms remind donors of the programs to which their contributions may be directed, including “to the cost of a rocket” and “to the cost of bullets.”

IRSO Donation Forms Scan Document
English Translation of IRSO Donation Forms

For Additional Information


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Makhtab al-Khidamat / Al Kifah

U.S. Designation Date: September 23, 2001

UN Designation Date: October 6, 2001

Background: Makhtab al-Khidamat/Al Kifah (MK) is considered to be the pre-cursor organization to al Qaida and the basis for its infrastructure. MK was initially created by Usama bin Laden’s (UBL) mentor, Shaykh Abdullah Azzam, who was also the spiritual founder of Hamas, as an organization to fund mujahideen in the Soviet-Afghan conflict. MK has helped funnel fighters and money to the Afghan resistance in Peshawar, Pakistan, and had established recruitment centers worldwide to fight the Soviets. After Azzam was killed in 1989, UBL and Sheikh Umar Abd al-Rahman (a.k.a. “The Blind Sheikh”) continued to use MK to recruit fighters for the Soviet-Afghan conflict. Sheikh Umar Abd al-Rahman was implicated in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and has been convicted for unrelated crimes pertaining to planning terrorist attacks in the New York area. MK is known to have provided funds and other support to several charities, including the Al Haramain Foundation (AHF) and the Global Relief Foundation.

For Additional Information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/js1703.htm

Martyrs Foundation (Iran, Lebanon)

U.S. Designation Date: July 24, 2007

Background: The U.S. Department of the Treasury targeted Hizballah's support network by designating the Iran-based Martyrs Foundation, including its U.S. branch (Goodwill Charitable Organization), and the finance firm Al-Qard al-Hassan (AQAH). The Martyrs Foundation is an Iranian parastatal organization that channels financial support from Iran to several terrorist organizations in the Levant, including Hizballah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). To this end, the Martyrs Foundation established branches in Lebanon staffed by leaders and members of these same terrorist groups. Martyrs Foundation branches in Lebanon has also provided financial support to the families of killed or imprisoned Hizballah and PIJ members, including suicide bombers in the Palestinian territories.In addition to fundraising responsibilities, senior Martyrs Foundation officials were directly involved in Hizballah operations against Israel during the July-August 2006 conflict. In addition, a Lebanon-based leader of the Martyrs Foundation has directed and financed terrorist cells in the Gaza Strip that worked with Hizballah and PIJ. Treasury's action today also targets Qasem Aliq, a Hizballah official who was previously the director for the Martyrs Foundation branch in Lebanon. In addition to overseeing Martyrs Foundation's operation, Aliq worked closely with senior Hizballah officials. Aliq currently serves as the director of Jihad al-Bina, a Lebanon-based construction company formed and operated by Hizballah and previously designated by the Treasury.

For additional information: http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp503.htm



 

 
Last Updated: 8/24/2012 10:57 AM