US imposes sanctions on 5 accused in Iraq violence

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Bush administration is imposing economic sanctions against five people accused of supporting violence in Iraq.

The Treasury Department list released Tuesday also includes a Syrian television station for airing Iraqi insurgent propaganda videos.

The suspects include Abdul-Reza Shahlai, a deputy commander in Iran's elite Quds Force who allegedly planned one of the most sophisticated attacks against U.S. forces since the war started. Five U.S. soldiers were killed in the January 2007 ambush against the provincial government building in Karbala.

The Treasury Department's action freezes any bank accounts or other financial assets found in the United States belonging to those listed and prohibits Americans from doing business with them.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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