US adds 3 Islamic State group leaders to terrorism blacklist

Jun 16, 2017 09:46 IST

The United States Administration led by President Donald Trump on 15 June 2017 blacklisted three senior members of the Islamic State group including the group's leader, the chief recruiter in India and a recruiter for attackers who carried out two deadly assaults in Europe. 

The trio, according to the US State Department and Treasury, has committed or pose a significant risk of committing terrorist attacks that threaten US national interests. 

US blacklists 3 Islamic State Leaders

With the move, all three were added to a list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, freezing any assets that they may have had within US jurisdictions and barring Americans from conducting any transactions with them. 

The identified men include:

Oussama Ahmad Atar

The Belgian- Moroccan national is believed to have played a major role in setting up the cell that is blamed for organising the November 2015 attack in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels that together killed 162 people.

Mohammad Shafi Armar 

He was identified as the leader and head recruiter for the Islamic State in India. The State Department said Armar has recruited dozens of IS supporters throughout India who are plotting attacks, acquiring weapons and exploring locations for training camps. Armar has also been charged by the National Investigating Agency of India for playing a role in Islamic State operations targeting India.

Mohammed Al Binali

The Bahrain national has appeared in a number of propaganda videos that encourage other young Bahrainis, particularly the police and soldiers, to join the Islamic State, according to the State Department.

Besides these three, the US state Department also identified a fourth man to add to the terrorist blacklist- Iraqi Umar al-Kubaysi- who owned Al Kawthar, a money exchange bureau. Kubaysi has reportedly handled around 2.5 million dollars in IS fund between late 2015 and early 2016.


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