In April 2018, the US Treasury Department added Myrna Mabanza, an Islamic State facilitator based in the Philippines, to their list of designated terrorists. Mabanza is a woman in her mid 20s who coordinated funds transfers on behalf of Islamic State in the Philippines. Treasury cites one instance in which she was involved in a transfer of up to $107,000 with Isnilon Hapilon. She was also instructed by Hapilon to deliver money to another IS-P member. 

Analysis: The group may have deliberately sought out a female financial facilitator under the assumption that a female name would be less suspicious in financial transactions. IS-P likely moved the funds through a combination of bank transfers, money services business transfers, and cash couriers, although some reports suggest that front companies could have been used to move the money. 

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illicit financing, ISIL, ISIL-P, Terrorist Financing


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