Treasury Department Designaton of Islamic African Relief Agency

by Treasury Dept.
October 13, 2004

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IPT Backgrounder:

The Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA, formerly known as the Islamic African Relief Agency-USA) was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a specially designated global terrorist organization for its support of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and the Taliban in 2004.[1] IARA was indicted in March 2007 "for illegally transferring funds to Iraq in violation of federal sanctions…stealing government funds, and with attempting to avoid government detection of their illegal activities by, among other things, falsely denying in a nationally-televised interview that an associate of Osama bin Laden had been an employee of IARA."[2]

[1] "Treasury Designates Global Network, Senior Officials of IARA for Supporting bin Laden, Others," U.S. Treasury Department Press Release, October 13, 2004.

[2] "Grand Jury Indicts Officers, Employees of Islamic Charity," Office of the U.S. Attorney, Western District of Missouri, March 7, 2007.