June 19, 2024

United States joins with Türkiye to sanction members of an ISIS-linked smuggling network

On June 14, 2024, U.S. authorities, in coordination with the Government of Türkiye, designated four individuals linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”), three of which are members of an ISIS-linked human smuggling network.  As a result this cooperation, Türkiye concurrently initiated its own domestic action against all four designees.

The U.S. designations were imposed pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, which targets those who provide material support or goods or services in support of ISIS.  Three of the designations were imposed by the Department of the Treasury’s Office for Foreign Assets Control against two alleged members of the smuggling network and an individual who allegedly helped establish a “military” training camp for ISIS in 2023.  The fourth designation was imposed by the Department of State upon Adam Khamirzaev, the ISIS Georgia Province emir who allegedly provided guidance to the smuggling network.  Khamirzaev, who is also known as Adam Islamovych Oliferchik, was designated under EO 13224, as amended, for being an ISIS leader.

As a result of these designations, all property and interests in property of the designated persons within the United States or within the possession or control of a U.S. person are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions involving a designated person.  Entities owned 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.

U.S. Department of Treasury Press Release | U.S. Department of State Fact Sheet