The US Treasury includes Fly Baghdad on the sanctions list: cooperating with the Iranian Quds Force

The US Treasury includes Fly Baghdad on the sanctions list: cooperating with the Iranian Quds Force

2024-01-22 06:35

The US Treasury includes Fly Baghdad on the sanctions list - cooperating with the Iranian Quds ForceShafaq News/ The US Treasury Department announced, on Monday, the designation of the Iraqi airline “Fly Baghdad” and its CEO to provide assistance to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard “Qods Force” and its proxy groups in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

The Treasury stated in a statement translated by Shafaq News Agency, “For several years, Fly Baghdad Company has supported the operations of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its agents by delivering equipment and personnel throughout the region.”

She added, “Fly Baghdad flights delivered arms shipments to Damascus International Airport in Syria, for transfer to members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Quds Force and Iranian-allied militias on the ground in Syria, including the Syrian Arab Republican Guard, the Lebanese Hezbollah, and the Hezbollah Brigades.” Hezbollah Brigades, affiliated with the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigades.

According to the US Treasury, Fly Baghdad delivered a group of weapons to these groups operating in Syria, including Iranian-made Fatah, Zulfiqar, and Fajr missiles, in addition to AK-47 and RPG-7 rifles, grenades, and other machine guns.

According to the Treasury statement, Kataib Hezbollah uses Baghdad Air to transport fighters, weapons, and money to Syria and Lebanon to support the Syrian regime, as Kataib Hezbollah leaders used Fly Baghdad flights on multiple occasions to transport bags of American currency and American-made weapons obtained by collecting them from… The battlefield from Iraq to Lebanon. Kataib Hezbollah also sent fighters from Iraq to Lebanon on flights operated by Fly Baghdad and Victory Wings designated by the United States to attend special operations training run by Hezbollah in October 2023, following The horrific terrorist attack launched by Hamas on Israeli civilians.

Fly Baghdad participated in transporting hundreds of Iraqi fighters, including fighters affiliated with the terrorist organization designated by the United States and the Iranian proxy militia (Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq AAH), in support of Iranian proxies’ attacks on Israel.

FlyBaghdad was designated for providing material assistance, sponsorship, or providing financial, material, or technological support, goods, or services to the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

The US Treasury Department said, “Bashir Abdel Kadhim Alwan Al-Shabani (Al-Shabani) is the CEO of Fly Baghdad. Al-Shibani was listed for owning or controlling, directly or indirectly, Fly Baghdad.”

The US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control identified two aircraft registered in Iraq owned by Fly Baghdad, tail numbers YI-BAF and YI-BAN, as prohibited property in which Fly Baghdad has an interest.