The USA is dedicated to utilizing its full set of counterterrorism instruments to counter the risk posed by the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province, generally known as ISIS-Okay, as a part of our relentless efforts to make sure Afghanistan can not once more change into a platform for worldwide terrorism.
As we speak, the Division of State is designating three ISIS-Okay leaders as Specifically Designated World Terrorists (SDGT) below Govt Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended.
- Sanaullah Ghafari, often known as Shahab al-Muhajir, is ISIS-Okay’s present total emir. He was appointed by the ISIS core to steer ISIS-Okay in June 2020. Ghafari is answerable for approving all ISIS-Okay operations all through Afghanistan and arranging funding to conduct operations.
- Sultan Aziz Azam, often known as Sultan Aziz, has held the place of ISIS-Okay spokesperson since ISIS-Okay first got here to Afghanistan.
- Maulawi Rajab, often known as Maulawi Rajab Salahudin, is a senior chief of ISIS-Okay in Kabul Province, Afghanistan. Rajab plans ISIS-Okay’s assaults and operations and instructions ISIS-Okay teams conducting assaults in Kabul.
Moreover, the U.S. Division of the Treasury is designating Ismatullah Khalozai pursuant to E.O. 13224, as amended, for offering monetary assist to ISIS-Okay. Khalozai has been a world monetary facilitator for ISIS-Okay and has carried out missions for senior ISIS management. Khalozai operated a Turkey-based hawala enterprise to switch funds to finance ISIS-Okay operations. He additionally operated a United Arab Emirates-based financing scheme, which concerned sending luxurious gadgets to worldwide locations for resale, in an effort to generate funds for ISIS-Okay. Individually, Khalozai has carried out human smuggling operations for ISIS-Okay, together with personally smuggling an ISIS-Okay courier from Afghanistan to Turkey.
Because of these actions, U.S. individuals are typically prohibited from partaking in any transactions with these designated at this time. Their property and pursuits in property topic to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked.
Terrorist designations expose and isolate entities and people, and forestall them from exploiting the U.S. monetary system. Furthermore, designations can help the regulation enforcement actions of U.S. companies and different related enforcement entities and governments.
We’ll proceed to use all levers of American energy to focus on terrorists who plot operations to indiscriminately kill civilians world wide, and people who allow, facilitate, and finance their acts.