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US Targets Iranian Counterfeit Scheme in Yemen

U.S. officials are spotlighting Iran’s efforts to spread its influence across the Middle East with what they describe as a “large-scale” counterfeiting operation, sophisticated enough to fool some European regulators. Treasury officials in Washington exposed the counterfeiting ring Monday, sanctioning a network of individuals and companies, including two based in Germany, linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its elite Qods Force. The department said Iran used the German-based front companies  ForEnt Technik and Printing Trade Center (PTC)  to trick European regulators in order to acquire watermarked paper, specialty ink…

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