Source: The U.S. Department of Justice

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On August 13th, 2018, a Syrian-born naturalized U.S. citizen of Walnut, California, Rasheed Al Jijakli, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to export U.S.-origin tactical gear to Syria in violation of International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Syria Sanctions.

In the factual basis filed as part of the plea agreement Jijakli admitted that during the time period from April 2012 through March 2013, along with other individuals, he conspired to export tactical gear, including the U.S.-origin laser boresighters, day and night vision rifle scopes, and other tactical gear items from the United States to Syria. The tactical gear was purchased in summer of 2012 and transported to Turkey with the intent to providing the items to Syrian rebels training in Turkey and fighting in Syria. The U.S. Department of Justice states that in total, Jijakli and co-conspirators knowingly provided at least 43 laser boresighters, 85 day rifle scopes, 30 night vision rifle scopes, tactical flashlights, a digital monocular, 5 radios, and 1 bulletproof vest to Ahrar Al-Sham and other Syrian rebels in Syria, or with knowledge that the Tactical Gear was going to Syria.

15 CFR Part 746.9 explains embargoes and other special controls for the exports to Syria. According to the EAR, Sections 5(a)(1) and 5(a)(2)(A) of the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003  (the SAA) require a prohibition on the export to Syria of all items on the Commerce Control List (in 15 CFR part 774) (CCL) and a prohibition on the export to Syria of products of the United States, other than food and medicine.


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