Amid Saudi controversy, Trump administration announces new sanctions on Iran

ㅤ"The Treasury Department rolled out financial penalties on a network of companies and banks that supports the paramilitary arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
ㅤThe U.S. accuses the paramilitary group, the Basij Resistance Force, of recruiting and training child solders to fight in overseas conflicts, including the civil war in Syria.
ㅤ’This vast network provides financial infrastructure to the Basij’s efforts to recruit, train, and indoctrinate child soldiers who are coerced into combat under the IRGC’s direction,’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
ㅤThe multi-billion network includes shell companies that mask Basij’s ownership of automotive, mining, metals corporations that have dealings in the Middle East and Europe and help fund their operations."

Full story at The Hill. Posted here on 10/16/18. See "iran, mideast."

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