|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY
|Friday, April 27, 2012
Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced that it will add sixteen persons - four individuals and twelve companies in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates - to the BIS Entity List for providing materials used to produce improvised explosive devices (IEDs) employed on the battlefield against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. The persons who are added to the Entity List have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.
“The dual-use materials provided to insurgents by these foreign companies are used to make IEDs that kill and injure not only U.S. and coalition forces, but innocent civilians as well,” said Lieutenant General Michael D. Barbero, Director of the Department of Defense’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). “Through coordinated efforts and strong partnerships across the U.S. Government, we are able to go after these nefarious actors and effectively counter the networks that use IEDs against our troops.”
The sixteen parties —Khalil Zadran, Ibrahim Haqqani, Afghan-German Construction Company, Haji Khalil Construction Company, Heim German Afghan Khalil Company, Khalil Zadran Company, Onyx Construction Company, Triangle Technologies, Zurmat Construction Company offices, Zurmat Foundation, Zurmat Group of Companies and Zurmat Material Testing Laboratory in Afghanistan; Jalaluddin Haqqani in Pakiststan; and Feroz Khan, Al Maskah Used Car and Spare Parts, and Zurmat General Trading in the United Arab Emirates — are being added to the list on the basis of providing support to persons engaged against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. The sixteen persons are being added under eighteen entries to account for multiple addresses in different countries for two of the persons.
BIS had already added the following thirteen individuals and companies in Pakistan and Afghanistan on the same basis on November 21, 2011: Abdul Satar Ghoura, Assadullah Majed, Fazal Rahim Farid, Hanif Computer Zone (HCZ), Habib ur Rahman, Iqra Computer Products, Kurshid Ghoura, Lapcom Computer Stores, Muhammad Halim Ghoura, Ologh Beg International Forwarders Ltd., Qazi Abdallah, Abdul Satar Ghoura, Farzad Fazil Karim, Kurshid Ghoura, Muhammad Halim Ghoura, Ologh Beg International Forwarders Ltd., and Raaziq International (Pvt.) Ltd.
The Entity List provides notice to the public that certain exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) to entities identified on the Entity List require a license from the Bureau of Industry and Security and that availability of license exceptions in such transactions is limited.
For more information, please visit www.bis.doc.gov.