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Treasury Department Freezes Terror Assets in United States

March 19, 2012 by Alyssa Anderson in Business

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

A recent report submitted to Congress by the US Treasury Department shows that billions of dollars of organizational assets were frozen due to the organization’s position on a list provided by the State Department which considers them terrorist organizations, or supporters of such organizations.

The report shows that $5 million worth of Hezbollah assets were frozen, while $2.5 million of assets of Hamas were also frozen. Al-Qaeda has almost $13 billion of its assets located and frozen, while an additional $63,000 of Islamic Jihad funds were discovered and closed. Al-Qaeda is considered the number one terrorist threat by the State Department. The total value of the funds of terrorist organizations which were frozen by the Treasury reached $21.1 billion.

In addition to the freezing of accountants of terrorist organizations some countries had some of their assets frozen as well. The accounts of Syria, Iran, Sudan and Cuba were frozen during 2011 in the amounts of $77.3 million, $55.4 million, $20.9 million, and $245 million respectively.

The Treasury Department’s report states that the US government hermetically sealed the ability of these countries from making business deals using these assets.
 

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About Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson has been involved in the world of business on several levels for many years. She was the CEO of a start-up high-tech company until its purchase by a global on-line e-business. Alyssa helped formulate marketing strategies for several other companies as an independent consultant, and she has advised local government on methods to achieve appropriate fiscal responsibility. Her opinions are well known through her many editorials which have been published throughout her career in a variety of local and national print media. She has been heard on radio discussing current issues affecting the business community and Alyssa hopes to bring her special brand of commonsense coupled with uncanny insight into her editorial responsibilities as the Business Page editor for Left Justified. Contact Alyssa at alyssa(at)leftjustified.com.

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