Al-Naser Airlines, a charter airline based in Iraq, along with Bahar Safwa General Trading and Ali Abdullah Alhay, have had their U.S. export privileges revoked for attempting to export civilian aircrafts into Iran. Additionally, Al-Naser Airlines, along with Syrian businessman Issam Shammout and Sky Blue Aviation, has been added to the terrorist list under Executive Order 13224 for providing “financial, material and technological support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corpos-Qods Force.”
Al-Naser Airlines attempted to obtain two aircrafts located in the U.S. for Mahan Air, a private airline based out of Iran. Ali Abdullah Alhay signed the letter of intent and sales agreements to help Al-Naser Airlines with this attempted transaction. Bahar Safwa General Trading of Dubai is thought to be a front company for Mahan Air. The attempted trade did not go through in the end, as the BIS Office of Export Enforcement detained the aircraft before they were able to be exported.
All parties involved have also been added to an existing Temporary Denial Order (TDO) against Mahan Air of Iran. This ensures that these entities cannot continue their export control violations, although some press reports state that Al-Naser Airlines continues to try and obtain commercial aircraft carriers for Mahan Air.
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This post was published on June 24, 2015 and updated on June 24, 2015.