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The Palestinian Association in Austria (PVOE)

U.S. Designation Date: August 22, 2003

Background: The Palestinian Association in Austria (PVOE) is controlled by the leader of HAMAS in Austria. Like other HAMAS-affiliated charities, the money is targeted to support members of HAMAS and is funneled through other charities in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza or other areas of the Middle East in order to obscure the transfer of funds while ensuring they reach intended HAMAS recipients.

AKAs: Palestinian Union in Austria
Palestinian League in Austria
Palaestinaenser Verein
Palaestinaenserverein Oesterreich
Palaestinensisch Verband Oesterreich
Palaestinensische Vereinigung
Palaestininiensische Bereinigung
Palestine League
Palestine Union
Palestinensische Ver In Sterreich
Palestinian Association
Palestinian League in Austria
Palestinian Organization
Palestinian Union
Palestinian Union in Austria
Palestinische Vereinigung

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Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa (Pakistan).

U.S. Designation Date: August 20, 2013

Background:The activities of the Ganj Madrassa exemplify how terrorist groups, such as al-Qa’ida, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, and the Taliban, subvert seemingly legitimate institutions, such as religious schools, to divert charitable donations meant for education to support violent acts. This designation is the first U.S. designation of a madrassa that is being abused by terrorist organizations. This action does not generally target madrassas, which often play an essential role in improving literacy and providing humanitarian and developmental aid in many areas of the world, including Pakistan.

The Ganj Madrassa in Peshawar, Pakistan, which is controlled by designated al-Qa’ida facilitator Fazeel-A-Tul Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen Al-Peshawari, also known as Shaykh Aminullah. Shaykh Aminullah was designated by both the United States and United Nations (UN) in 2009 for providing material support to al-Qa’ida and the Taliban. The Ganj Madrassa serves as a terrorist training center where students, under the guise of religious studies, have been radicalized to conduct terrorist and insurgent activities. In some cases, students were trained to become bomb manufacturers and suicide bombers. Shaykh Aminullah has directed donations provided for the school to terrorist groups such as the Taliban, which use the money to fund the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

The Ganj Madrassa was designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorist and their supporters, for being controlled by Shaykh Aminullah and for providing financial and material support to Lashkar-e Tayyiba and the Taliban. Azmarai was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 for acting on behalf of al-Qa’ida. Under Shaykh Aminullah’s leadership, the Ganj Madrassa has trained and harbored Taliban fighters who have subsequently been dispatched to Afghanistan. As recently as early 2013, Shaykh Aminullah was recruiting for Lashkar-e Tayyiba at the Ganj Madrassa and, as of late 2012, was hosting al-Qa’ida operatives there. Shaykh Aminullah has provided assistance, including funding and recruits, to al-Qaida. In addition, he directs donations received by the Ganj Madrassa to jihadist fighters battling coalition forces in Afghanistan and also uses the money to train madrassa students to become Taliban fighters. Shaykh Aminullah frequently travels to the Gulf to obtain charity donations on the madrassa’s behalf.

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Rabita Trust

U.S. Designation Date: October 12, 2001

UN Designation Date: October 17, 2001

Background: Rabita Trust is a Pakistani non-governmental organization (NGO) designated for its close ties to senior al Qaida leadership and for providing logistical and financial support to al Qaida. In February 2000, Wa’el Hamza Julaidan was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Rabita Trust and served as its Director General. Julaidan was jointly designated on September 6th, 2002 by Saudi Arabia and by the United States under Executive Order 13224. Julaidan is a Saudi citizen and a close associate of Usama bin Laden, having fought with bin Laden in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Bin Laden himself acknowledged his close ties to Julaidan during a 1999 interview with al-Jazeera TV. Julaidan is also linked to Makhtab al-Khidamat as well as al Qaida lieutenants Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Zubaida, and Mohammed Atef.

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Rahmah Charitable Organization (RCO) - Yemen

U.S. Designation Date: December 7, 2016

The Rahman Charitable Organization, which is located in Shihr City, Hadramawt Governorate, Yemen, was designated for being controlled by Abdallah Faysal Sadiq al-Ahdal, who was designated for providing financial and material support to or in support of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as well as acting for or on behalf of AQAP.  Since late 2010, al-Ahdal has been the president of the Rahmah Charitable Organization, which acted as an AQAP front organization.  As of early 2016, AQAP used the Rahmah Charitable Organization to receive money from outside Yemen to finance AQAP training and operations.
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Revival of Islamic Heritage Society - Pakistan and Afghanistan Branches

U.S. Designation Date: January 9, 2002

UN Designation Date: January 11, 2002

Background: The Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) is a Kuwaiti-based non-governmental organization (NGO). Its operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan have been affiliated with the Afghan Support Committee (ASC), an organization that has funded bin Laden and al Qaida. As a result, the RIHS Pakistan and Afghanistan branches were designated under Executive Order 13224 on January 9th, 2002. The Peshawar, Pakistan office director for RIHS is Abd al-Muhsin Al-Libi, who also serves as the ASC manager in Peshawar and was also designated under EO 13224 on January 9th, 2002. Al-Libi has provided Usama bin Laden and his associates with facilities in Peshawar, and has carried money and messages on behalf of UBL. The Pakistan office defrauded RIHS donors to fund terrorism. In order to obtain additional funds from the Kuwait RIHS headquarters, the RIHS office in Pakistan padded the number of orphans it claimed to care for by providing names of orphans that did not exist or who had died. Funds then sent for the purpose of caring for the non-existent or dead orphans were instead diverted to al Qaida terrorists. There is no evidence at this point that this financing was done with the knowledge of RIHS in Kuwait.

AKAs: Jamia Ihya ul Turath
Jamiat Ihia Al- Turath Al-Islamiya
Revival of Islamic Society Heritage on the African Continent

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Revival of Islamic Heritage Society – All Offices

U.S. Designation Date: June 13, 2008

Background: The Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) is a Kuwaiti-based non-governmental organization (NGO). It has provided financial and material support to al Qaida and al Qaida affiliates, including Lashkar e-Tayyiba, Jemaah Islamiyah, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya. RIHS has also provided financial support for acts of terrorism. When the U.S. Government first designated RIHS-Afghanistan and RIHS-Pakistan in 2002, there was no evidence that the Kuwait-based RIHS headquarters (RIHS-HQ) knew that the two branch offices were financing al Qaida. Since that time, evidence has mounted implicating RIHS-HQ in terrorism support activity. The U.S. Government has learned that RIHS senior leadership, who have actively managed all aspects of the organization's day-to-day operations, have been aware of both legitimate and illegitimate uses of RIHS funds. Suspected of providing support to terrorism, RIHS offices have been closed or raided by the governments of Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, and Russia. In countries where RIHS activities are banned or scrutinized by local governments, RIHS-HQ has developed multiple methods, including using different names, to continue its operations. RIHS-HQ provides significant financial and logistical support to the Pakistan-based U.N.-designated terrorist group Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT) in South Asia and to Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in Southeast Asia and the Horn of Africa.

AKAs: RIHS Headquarters-Kuwait
Revival of Islamic Heritage Foundation
Society for the Revival of Islamic Heritage
Islamic Heritage Revival Party
Islamic Heritage Restoration Society
Kuwaiti Heritage
Ihya Turas Al-Islami
Ijha Turath Al-Islami
Jamia Ihya Ul Turath
Jamiat Ihia Al-Turath Al-Islamiya
Jam'iyat Ihya' Al-Turath Al-Islami
Jami'at Ihy'a Al-Tirath Al-Islamia
Jamiatul Ihya Ul Turath
Jamiyat Ikhya At-Turaz Al-Islami, Society of the Rebirth of the Islamic People
Jamiatul-Yahya Ut Turaz
Jomiatul Ehya-Ut Turaj
Jomiyatu-Ehya-Ut Turas Al Islami
Jama'ah Ihya Al-Turaz Al-Islami
Jami'ah Al-Hiya Al-Turath Al Islamiyah
Lajnat Ihya Al-Turath Al-Islami
Lajnat Al-Ihya Al-Turath Al-Islami
RIHS Administration for the Building of Mosques and Islamic Projects
RIHS Mosques Committee
Administration of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society Committee
RIHS Arab World Committee
RIHS Committee for the Arab World
RIHS Committee for West Asia
RIHS Central Asia Committee
Committee for Europe and the Americas
RIHS Europe and the Americas Committee
RIHS Two Americas and European Muslim Committee
RIHS Europe America Muslims Committee
RIHS Southeast Asia Committee
RIHS Committee for South East Asia
RIHS Indian Continent Committee
RIHS Indian Subcontinent Committee
RIHS Committee for India
RIHS African Continent Committee
RIHS Committee for Africa
Revival of Islamic Society Heritage on the African Continent
RIHS Public Relations Committee
RIHS Cultural Committee
RIHS Principle Committee for the Center for Preservation of the Holy Qu'aran
RIHS General Committee for Donations
RIHS Youth Center Committee
RIHS Scientific Committee-Branch of Sabah Al-Nasir
RIHS Fatwas Committee
RIHS Center for Manuscripts Committee
RIHS Educating Committees, Al-Jahra'
RIHS Audio Recordings Committee
RIHS Project of Assigning Preachers Committee
RIHS Office of Printing and Publishing
RIHS Committee for Women
RIHS Committee for Women, Administration for the Building of Mosques
RIHS Women's Branch for the Project of Endowment
RIHS Administration for the Committees of Almsgiving
RIHS Committee for Almsgiving and Charities
RIHS Committee for the Call and Guidance
RIHS Cambodia-Kuwait Orphanage Center
The Kuwaiti-Cambodian Orphanage Center
The Kuwait-Cambodia Islamic Cultural Training Center
RIHS Chaom Chau Center
Nara Welfare and Education Association
RIHS-Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kuwaiti Joint Relief Committee, Bosnia and Herzegovina
KJRC-Bosnia and Herzegovina
Plandiste School, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Organizacija Preporoda Islamske Tradicije Kuvajt
Kuwait General Committee for Aid
General Kuwait Committee
Center of Call for Wisdom
Thirrja Per Utesi
NGO Turath
Dora E Miresise
Hand of Mercy
RIHS-Ivory Coast

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Al Rehmat Trust - Pakistan

U.S. Designation Date: November 4, 2010

Background: After it was banned in Pakistan in 2002, Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM), a UN 1267-designatated Pakistan-based terrorist group, began using al Rehmat Trust as a front for its operations. Al Rehmat Trust has provided support for militant activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including financial and logistical support to foreign fighters operating in both countries. In early 2009, several prominent members of al Rehmat Trust were recruiting students for terrorist activities in Afghanistan. Al Rehmat Trust has also been involved in fundraising for JEM, including for militant training and indoctrination at its mosques and madrassas. As of early 2009, al Rehmat Trust had initiated a donation program in Pakistan to help support families of militants who had been arrested or killed. And in early 2007, al Rehmat Trust was raising funds on behalf of Khudam-ul Islam, an alias for JEM. Al Rehmat Trust has also provided financial support and other services to the Taliban, including financial support to wounded Taliban fighters from Afghanistan.

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The Sanabil Association for Relief and Development

U.S. Designation Date: August 22, 2003

Background: The Sanabil Association for Relief and Development (Sanabil), based in Sidon, Lebanon, receives large quantities of funds raised by major HAMAS-affiliated charities in Europe and the Middle East and, in turn, provides funding to HAMAS. For example, Sanabil has received funding from the Al Aqsa Foundation; the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, and Interpal. Like other HAMAS-affiliated charities, Sanabil is used by HAMAS to recruit permanent members from the religious and the poor through the extension of charity. At the request of a HAMAS political leader, Sanabil began opening offices in all of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon in August of 2001 in order to increase the foundation's role inside the camps.

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Stichting Benevolence International Nederland (BIF a/k/a)

U.S. Designation Date: January 23, 2003

Background: See Benevolence International Foundation.


Taibah International (Bosnia)

U.S. Designation Date: May 6, 2004

UN Designation Date: May 11, 2004

Background: Taibah International in Bosnia has significant ties to the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), which initially operated in Bosnia under the auspices of Taibah. Up until 1996, Muhamed El Nagmy, the registered leader of GRF, was also working with Ahmed Abdul Kerim as joint leaders of Taibah International. By December 2001, El Nagmy, still listed as the leader of GRF, was working in the Taibah office in Travnik. Additionally, the acting director of Taibah in Bosnia, Ali Hamid El Tayeb, again in December 2001, confirmed that El Nagmy was responsible for bringing financial support to Taibah International while holding the position as the Bosnia representative of GRF. A former employee of Taibah International was a member of Ayadi Chafiq Bin Muhammad’s network, who was designated by the Treasury Department on October 12, 2001.

AKAs: Taibah International Aid Agency
Taibah International Aid Association
Al Taibah, Intl.
Taibah International Aide Association

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Tamil Foundation

U.S. Designation Date: 2/11/2009


The U.S. Department of the Treasury targeted the support network of the Sri Lanka-based designated terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by designating the U.S.-based Tamil Foundation under Executive Order 13224.  Executive Order 13224 targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. The LTTE, like other terrorist groups, has relied on so-called charities to raise funds and advance its violent aims.
The head of the Tamil Foundation is also president of the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in the United States. The TRO was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224 on November 15, 2007. Over the course of many years, the Tamil Foundation and the TRO have co-mingled funds and carried out coordinated financial actions.  Additional information links the Tamil Foundation to the TRO through a matching gift program. The common leadership of the TRO and the Tamil Foundation has facilitated these activities.


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Ummah Tameer E-Nau (UTN)

U.S. Designation Date: December 20, 2001

UN Designation Date: December 24, 2001

Background: Ummah Tameer-e-Nau (UTN) has provided material support and otherwise facilitated the activities of terrorists and terrorist-related organizations. UTN is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that was founded by Bashir-ud-Din Mahmood. Mahmood established UTN after leaving Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in 1998, where he most recently served as Director for Nuclear Power and was the chief designer and director of Pakistan's Khushab Atomic Reactor. Mahmood was also a pioneer in setting up Pakistan's uranium enrichment program. Mahmood is a supporter of the Taliban – once describing the Taliban as the "ideal Islamic state". He purportedly established UTN to rebuild Afghanistan's infrastructure and raise money to develop the Taliban-held areas of Afghanistan. UTN reportedly had the personal support of Mullah Omar and close ties to his Taliban regime.

UTN's real objective was to assist the Taliban and UBL and his al Qaida terrorist network in developing high-tech weapons. Mahmood is reported to have showed a willingness to help produce weapons grade plutonium and enriched uranium for the Taliban. During UTN visits to Afghanistan, Mahmood met with bin Laden and al Qaida leaders and discussed nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Other prominent Pakistani scientists, retired military officers, and industrialists joined UTN: Abdul Majeed, a former high ranking official at PAEC and an expert in nuclear fuels; Mirza Yousaf Baig, a senior scientist and the owner of a construction company; Humayan Niaz, a retired navy officer in the electrical engineering division; S.M. Tufail, an industrialist; retired navy commander Arshad Chaudhry; and Mohammed Hanif. UTN funding has also been linked to Al Rashid Trust, a charity with ties to al Qaida. In November 2001, the Taliban left Kabul and the workers at UTN's Kabul offices fled the area with them. Searches of UTN locations in Kabul have yielded documents setting out a plan to kidnap a U.S. attaché and outlining basic nuclear physics related to nuclear weapons. Several UTN members are known to have direct connections to the Taliban, UBL, and al Qaida.

AKAs: Ummat Tamir-I-Pau
Ummat Tamir I-Nau

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WAFA Humanitarian Organization

U.S. Designation Date: September 24, 2001

UN Designation Date: October 6, 2001

Background: The WAFA Humanitarian Organization is a key Saudi charity and Pakistan-based organization financing al Qaida. WAFA was a militant supporter of the Taliban. Documents found in WAFA’s offices in Afghanistan revealed that the charity was intimately involved in assassination plots against U.S. citizens as well as the distribution of “how to” manuals on chemical and biological warfare. U.S. officials have described WAFA as a key component of bin Laden’s organization.

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Welfare and Development Organization of Jamaat-Ud-Dawah for Qur’an and Sunnah (WDO)(Afghanistan and Pakistan)

U.S. Designation Date:  May 11, 2017


The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the non-governmental organization Welfare and Development Organization of Jamaat-Ud-Dawah for Qur’an and Sunnah (WDO) for being controlled Inayat ur Rahman, whom OFAC designated for acting for or on behalf of Jama'at ul Dawa al-Qu'ran (JDQ) and the Taliban, and for providing material and financial support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba( LT) and the Taliban.  As of 2015, Inayat ur Rahman is the director, chairman, and president of WDO, and has been a leader of WDO since 2004. 

According to its website, Welfare and Development Organization of Jamaat-Ud-Dawah for Quran and Sunnah (WDO) is a non-governmental organization founded in the mid-1990s and headquartered in Peshawar, Pakistan. WDO stated that it concentrated on health, education, and drug awareness. Furthermore, WDO stated that it provided services to Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan through offering urgent relief, “supporting impacted families and the children of martyrs”, and continuing preaching and educational work. 

WDO ostensibly collected money for charity, but in reality it funded insurgent activities.  WDO was used to collect intelligence and conduct logistical work in support of Afghan militant operations.  For a number of years, Afghan insurgents have received regular funding through WDO from organizations, including other NGOs, in Gulf countries.  Some Afghan insurgent leaders have also been members of WDO.


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Last Updated: February 17, 2009


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