OFAC Designates financers of ISIS in Afghanistan


Following the rather convoluted political situation the Taliban takeover of created, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has sanctioned an individual in charge of facilitating finances for the terror group Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Khorasan province today.


Ismatullah Khalozai is known to be the financial facilitator for ISIS-K (Islamic State’s Khorasan province) performing missions for the group’s leadership. He ran a hawala business to funnel funds to the group in Turkey and was in charge of a UAE-based financing scheme previously.


Khalozai is involved in human smuggling and funding of trafficking networks, the transportation of terrorists recruited to the group.


The OFAC designation is in concordance with the designations announced by the U.S. Department of State, which designated ISIS-K leadership Sanaullah Ghafari, Sultan Aziz Azam, and Maulawi Rajab as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).