US Treasury alleges Iranian support for al-Qaida

List published of 6 al-Qaida members operating with Iranian backing, bans Americans from doing business with them; Iran denies claims.

Zawahri 311 (photo credit: REUTERS)
Zawahri 311
(photo credit: REUTERS)
WASHINGTON - The US Treasury Department on Thursday named six members that it said were members of an al-Qaida group operating with Iranian support and banned Americans from any dealing with them.
Treasury said the group was headed by Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil and described him as "a prominent Iran-based al-Qaida facilitator" operating under agreement with the Iranian government.
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It said the network served as a pipeline for al-Qaida to move money and operatives across the Middle East to South Asia, including into Pakistan.
Treasury said that, as a result of its targeting the network, US citizens were prohibited from financial transactions with its members and any of its assets that were discovered within US jurisdiction were subject to seizure.
Iranian officials in New York described the allegations as "totally baseless," the Wall Street Journal reported. Iran "itself has been a victim of acts of terrorism." staff contributed to this report