Treasury targets Iran-backed al Qaeda network

WASHINGTON, July 28 Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:04pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday named six members that it said were members of an al Qaeda 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 Qaeda facilitator" operating under agreement with the Iranian government.

It said the network served as a pipeline for al Qaeda 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, U.S. citizens were prohibited from financial transactions with its members and any of its assets that were discovered within U.S. jurisdiction were subject to seizure.

(Reporting by Glenn Somerville, editing by Jackie Frank)

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