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Designating Supporters of Iran’s Malign Agenda 
The Great Seal of the United States - Statement by Spokesperson Matthew Miller

The United States is today designating Iraqi airline Fly Baghdad and its CEO for supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and Iran-aligned militia groups in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

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January 23, 2024

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE 

Office of the Spokesperson 

 

For Immediate Release 

 STATEMENT BY MATTHEW MILLER, SPOKESPERSON 
 

January 22, 2024 

Designating Supporters of Iran’s Malign Agenda 

The United States is today designating Iraqi airline Fly Baghdad and its CEO for supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and Iran-aligned militia groups in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.  We are also identifying two Iraq-registered aircraft that Fly Baghdad owns as blocked property.  Additionally, the United States is designating three leaders and supporters of Kata’ib Hizballah, one of the IRGC-QF’s Iran-aligned militias in Iraq, and one business that facilitates and launders funds for Kata’ib Hizballah. 

The IRGC-QF and Iran-aligned militia groups pose a significant threat to the Middle East region.  Kata’ib Hizballah has been responsible for a series of drone and missile attacks against U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria since Hamas’s horrific attack on Israel on October 7. 

The United States remains committed to exposing and taking actions against individuals and groups that abuse their local economies and engage in illegal activities that support terrorist groups destabilizing the region. 

Both the IRGC-QF and Kata’ib Hizballah are U.S.-designated entities.  The Department of the Treasury action was taken pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended.  For more information on today’s action, see Treasury’s press release.