• publish: 23 November 2021
  • time: 12:22 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 19932
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US imposes sanctions on 3 Islamic State leaders

The United States has imposed sanctions on three leaders of Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch and an alleged financial facilitator for the group.

The Islamic State’s emir, Sanaullah Ghafari, spokesperson Sultan Aziz Azam and Kabul province leader Maulvi Rajab had been named as specially designated global terrorists, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday.

The Treasury Department also blacklisted Ismatullah Khalozai, accusing him of operating a Turkey-based informal money-moving network to transfer funds to finance the Islamic State-Khorasan Province.

“Today’s designation underscores the US determination to prevent ISIS-K and its members from exploiting the international financial system to support terrorist acts in Afghanistan and beyond,” said Andrea Gacki, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, using a common name for Islamic State-Khorasan Province.

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