Washington thwarts largest financing operation for Al Qaeda and ISIS

The US Department of Justice announced that it has thwarted efforts by Al Qaeda and ISIS to raise funds through digital currencies through schemes that include selling fake safety equipment to prevent "Covid-19" to American hospitals.

The US Department of Justice accused a Turkish ISIS operative, Murat Jacquard, of fraud, as he was trying to sell fake personal protection equipment (PPE) via the Internet during the Corona virus pandemic to fund the militant organization, according to the American Newsweek magazine.

Investigators said Jacquard used a website called (FaceMaskCenter.com) to promote personal protective equipment, which was promoted as FDA-approved for hospitals and nursing homes in the United States, but the Justice Department statement said the equipment "is not approved by Food and Drug Administration. "

US officials told the magazine that they "confiscated about two million dollars during the largest American move ever to confront extremist groups' use of digital currencies."

The authorities said they had also seized 300 cryptocurrency accounts, four websites and four Facebook pages that collect donations for ISIS and Al Qaeda.

"These measures represent the largest process of seizing digital currencies by the government in the context of curbing militancy financing," the ministry noted in a statement.

US officials say these Internet-enabled campaigns are a way for armed groups to raise money from around the world.

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