World-Check Profiles IJU Operatives More Than a Year Ahead of OFAC Designations

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World-Check's specialist Terrorism and Insurgency Research Unit (TIRU) profiled individuals who were recently sanctioned by the US treasury, more than one year before the sanctions were issued.

Three senior leaders of a German cell of the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU) were named as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) by the U.S. Treasury Department on the 4th of December, freezing all of their assets and prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with them. World-Check's specialist Terrorism and Insurgency Research Unit (TIRU) profiled these individuals in detail more than one year before the sanctions were issued.

"Our ability to consistently alert clients to the risks posed by individuals before they are designated by official sanction issuing bodies, confirms the effectiveness of the early warning risk intelligence we provide" said Daniel Peak, Chief Executive Officer of World-Check.

The suspects named as Fritz Martin Gelowicz, Daniel Martin Schneider and Adem Yilmaz, were arrested in 2007 under suspicion of plotting attacks on Frankfurt Airport and the US military air base at Ramstein, Germany. All three men were profiled by World-Check as heightened risk individuals in September 2007, and their known relationship networks were subsequently monitored.

"TIRU continues to monitor Islamic Jihad Union networks from Pakistan's tribal areas to Europe" said John Solomon, World-Check's Head of Terrorism Research. "The latest designation indicates that certain European countries - seven years after 9/11 - continue to be unwillingly used as a stage not only for attacks but also for moving funds, recruitment and other support activities that are critical to IJU and its associates in al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Talban."

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World-Check provides its global database of heightened-risk individuals and businesses to more than 3000 institutions in 162 countries, including 47 of the world's 50 largest banks and hundreds of government agencies. World-Check's database of known money launderers, terrorists, narcotics traffickers, shell banks and sanctioned entities among others is unparalleled in its depth, reliability and coverage. The risk-relevance of its Politically Exposed Person (PEP) coverage is also unsurpassed. World-Check's database is relied upon by institutions to enhance their Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) screening, Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), fraud prevention and Counter Terrorist Financing (CFT) systems by efficiently screening customers, associates, transactions and employees for potential risk. World-Check's intelligence also finds direct application in PEP risk screening processes. World-Check offers a downloadable data file for the automated screening of unlimited records, as well as a simple online service for instant entity screening. For more information please visit


TIRU is made up of open source intelligence specialists from around the world that monitor global terrorism and insurgency. The unit collects publicly available information from governments, non-governmental organizations, academia and global media including 'grey literature' in multiple languages including: Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, Tajik, Russian, Farsi, Tamil, Turkish, Korean, Chinese and Bahasa, amongst others. Its target and network-centric approach to research highlights risk, identification and funding information. TIRU is strategically placed around the globe to give World-Check clients around the clock terrorism coverage.


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