US blacklists 6 facilitators of Taliban, Haqqani Network

Salaam Times

WASHINGTON -- The US Department of the Treasury has sanctioned six men linked to the Taliban and Haqqani Network, according to a press release.

The department's Office of Foreign Asset Control Thursday (January 25) added the individuals to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, said the statement.

Four Taliban collaborators -- Abdul Samad Sani, Abdul Qadeer Basir Abdul Baseer, Hafiz Mohammed Popalzai and Maulawi Inayatullah -- were sanctioned. Two others, Faqir Muhammad and Gula Khan Hamidi, were added for acting on behalf of the Taliban-linked Haqqani Network.

Five of the six men have been based in Pakistan, according to the statement.

The move bans US persons from engaging in transactions with them and blocks their property and interests in the United States.

"We are targeting six individuals related to the Taliban or Haqqani Network who have been involved in attacks on coalition troops, smuggling of individuals or financing these terrorist groups," said Sigal Mandelker, under secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

"This action supports the South Asia Strategy [of US President Donald Trump] by disrupting these terrorist organisations and publicly exposing individuals who facilitate their activities," she said.

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