US govt imposes sanctions on Iran's Mahan Air

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The US Treasury has imposed sanctions on Iran's Mahan Air for providing services to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and Hizbollah, militant groups which have been linked to terrorist activities.

As a result, US persons are prohibited from "engaging in commercial or financial transactions with Mahan Air and any assets it may hold under US jurisdiction are frozen", said the Treasury.

The Tehran-based carrier had provided transportation, funds transfer and personnel travel services to the IRGC-QF including flying personnel to and from Iran and Syria for military training, it added.

"Mahan Air also facilitated the covert travel of suspected IRGC-QF officers into and out of Iraq by bypassing normal security procedures and not including information on flight manifests to eliminate records of the IRGC-QF travel," said the Treasury.

In addition, the airline had provided transportation services to Lebanon-based Hizbollah by flying personnel, goods and weapons, it added.

"Mahan Air's close coordination with the IRGC-QF - secretly ferrying operatives, weapons and funds on its flights - reveals yet another facet of the IRGC's extensive infiltration of Iran's commercial sector to facilitate its support for terrorism," said under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence David S. Cohen.