U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria have killed a key figure who moved millions of dollars for ISIS, the Pentagon said Friday, according to the Hill.
Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr Rawi was killed in a June 16 airstrike in Abu Kamal, Syria, according to a U.S. Central Command statement.
Rawi, a Syrian native, was a known terrorist financial facilitator for ISIS and “moved millions of dollars for the terror organization’s attack and logistics network.”
He owned the Hanifa Currency Exchange in Abu Kamal and used his business “along with a network of global financial contacts to move money into and out of ISIS-controlled territory and across borders on behalf of the group,” according to the statement.
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Rawi and his company in December, the first time the United States had specifically targeted an ISIS-affiliated money services business.
The statement notes that the coalition targeted and killed several of Rawi’s “close terrorist associates,” including Samir Idris, another ISIS financial facilitator and international money launderer killed June 7 near Mayadin, Syria.
“The Coalition’s efforts to disrupt and attack ISIS’s financial networks have restricted the terror group’s ability to move resources and export terrorism,” Central Command said.