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U.S. blacklists Saudi national allegedly linked to al-Qaida network in Iran (2)


09:05, October 19, 2012

According to a Treasury statement, Thursday's action " underscores that Iran continues to allow al-Qaida to operate a core pipeline that moves al-Qaida money and fighters through Iran to support al-Qaida activities in South Asia." It also claimed that the Iran-based network has sent funding and fighters to conflict-plagued Syria.

In December 2011, the U.S. State Department offered a reward of 10 million dollars for information leading to the location of Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, also known as Yasin al-Suri, who was said to have been operating on the Iranian soil since 2005 and leading the Iran network until late 2011.

But Iran firmly denied the allegation. Its Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a statement at the time: " These amateurish scenarios by the U.S. government on the presence of an al-Qaida member in Iran are totally baseless."

The Treasury's action against al-Harbi bars U.S. citizens from doing business with him and freezes all his assets under U.S. jurisdiction.

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