The US and Saudi Arabia have jointly sanctioned 4 people and 2 entities with the aim of disrupting the fundraising and support networks of Al-Qaida, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LT). The new designations are:
- James McLintock and Al-Rahmah Welfare Organisation (RWO) – McLintock and his Pakistan-based organisation RWO, said to have financed al-Qaida, the Taliban, LT, and other extremist groups.
- Abdul Nuristani and Jamia Asariya Madrassa (Jamia) – Nuristani and, under his control, Pakistan-based group Jamia are said to have provided support and funding to multiple terrorist groups, including LT. Nuristani is also said to have been involved with the Taliban.
- Naveed Qamar – Qamar is said to have held multiple influential positions of authority within LT and to have supported its fundraising activities since at least 2004. He is said to have led a group of Pakistani businessman to an LT taining camp in early 2013, after which they donated and pledged support for the group.
- Muhammad Safarash – Safarash is based in Saudi Arabia and is said to have provided LT with funding and logistical support, including by acquiring travel documents and facilitating financial transfers.
The US and Saudi Arabia have jointly imposed sanctions in the past, for example by targeting Al-Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust last year, which was also accused of funding Al-Qaida, the Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (see previous blog).