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U.S., Iraq Blacklist Islamic State Finance Official

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Islamic Stat seized large swaths of Iraq in 2014 in a bid to establish an Islamic "caliphate," but has since lost territory in a U.S.-backed campaign against the group. (file photo)

The United States and Iraq have sanctioned a senior finance official with the extremist group Islamic State (IS), the U.S. Treasury Department said on August 29.

The U.S. Treasury named Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur, a finance official for IS, as a "specially designated global terrorist," a decision that freezes any property he might have in the United States and bars Americans from dealing with him.

In 2014, Mansur helped transfer hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dinars to IS in Mosul, and then helped launder and transfer money for the group and sold oil it extracted from Iraq and Syria, Treasury said.

Iraq's government also excluded Mansur from its financial system and froze any assets under its jurisdiction, it said.

Islamic State, also known as ISIS, seized large swaths of Iraq in 2014 in a bid to establish an Islamic "caliphate," but has since lost territory in a U.S.-backed campaign against the group.

"Treasury continues to work in close collaboration with the Government of Iraq to dismantle ISIS financial networks both inside and outside of ISIS-controlled territory," said John E. Smith, the director of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which enforces sanctions.

Mansur moved to Turkey earlier this year, but is still serving as an Islamic State finance official for Mosul, Iraq, Treasury said.

With reporting by Reuters
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