OFAC sanctions IRGC-connected entities
On October 29, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended, as well as E.O. 13382, against members of a network of companies and individuals that supported Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its expeditionary unit, the IRGC Qods Force (IRGC-QF). The IRGC-QF used and proliferated lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for use by Iran-supported terrorist groups, and to Ethiopia, where a crisis threatens to destabilize the region. Additionally, deadly UAVs were utilized in attacks on international shipping and on the U.S. OFAC also announced sanctions against the commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force (IRGC ASF) UAV Command who allegedly directs the planning, equipment, and training for IRGC ASF UAV operations. As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property belonging to the sanctioned individual subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked. U.S. persons are also generally prohibited from engaging in any dealings involving the property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.