U.S. designates 4 leaders of AQIS, TTP as international terrorists

Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
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The U.S. has designated 4 leaders of al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban teams as international terrorists, Secretary of State Tony Blinken has stated as he emphasised that the Biden administration will be certain that terrorists don’t function with impunity in Afghanistan.

The terrorists who have been designated on Thursday have been Osama Mehmood, the emir of al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Atif Yahya Ghouri, the deputy emir of AQIS, and Muhammad Maruf who’s liable for the group’s recruiting department.

Qari Amjad, the deputy emir of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who oversees operations and militants in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, has additionally been slapped with sanctions.

“Because of these actions, all property and pursuits in property of these designated yesterday which might be topic to U.S. jurisdiction is blocked, and all U.S. individuals are usually prohibited from participating in any transactions with them,” Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated.

“Yesterday’s actions once more exhibit that we’ll proceed to make use of all related instruments to uphold our dedication to see to it that worldwide terrorists aren’t in a position to function with impunity in Afghanistan,” Mr. Blinken stated.

As a part of its relentless efforts to make sure that terrorists don’t use Afghanistan as a platform for worldwide terrorism, the U.S. is dedicated to utilizing its full set of counterterrorism instruments to counter the menace posed by terrorist teams working in Afghanistan, together with AQIS and TTP, he stated in an announcement.

Based in September 2014, AQIS is an Islamist militant organisation that goals to battle the governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh to be able to set up an Islamic state.

TTP, generally often known as the Pakistani Taliban, is an umbrella group of assorted Islamist armed militant teams working alongside the Afghan–Pakistani border. Shaped in 2007, the group shares a standard ideology with the Afghan Taliban and assisted them within the 2001–2021 battle.