US Treasury sanctions five Turkey-based al-Qaeda facilitators

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Sept. 16 announced new sanctions against five individuals located in Turkey accused of providing assistance to al-Qaida.

This file photo shows the US Treasury Department building.


The United States imposed sanctions on Sept. 16 on five al Qaeda supporters working out of Turkey to provide financial services and travel help to the militant group, the Treasury Department said.

"These targeted sanctions highlight the United States’ unwavering commitment to sever financial support to al-Qa’ida," Andrea Gacki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement.

"We will continue working with our foreign partners, including Turkey, to expose and disrupt al-Qa’ida’s financial support networks."

The list included Majdi Salim, an Egyptian-born lawyer based in Turkey, who Treasury identified as a primary facilitator of a range of al-Qa’ida activities in Turkey.

Others were Muhammad Nasr al-Din al-Ghazlani, an Egyptian financial courier who used cash transfers to support al Qaeda and Turkish citizens Nurettin Muslihan, Cebrail Güzel and Soner Gürleyen.