US sanctions 7 officials associated with Lashkar-e Tayyiba

US Flag3.jpgOFAC and the US Department of State have amended the FTO and SDGT designations of Pakistan-based “terrorist group” Lashkar-e Tayyiba to include the aliases ‘Milli Muslim League’ (MML) and ‘Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir’. Links to Department of State press release and OFAC Notice.

OFAC has also designated 7 members of the “MML central leadership body” as SDGTs under Executive Order 13224 (asset freezes imposed), namely: Saifullah Khalid; Muzammil Iqbal Hashimi; Muhammad Harris Dar; Tabish Qayyuum; Fayyaz Ahmad; Faisal Nadeem; and Muhammad Ehsan. Links to OFAC Notice and Treasury press release.

UN & EU add KIB group to ISIL & A-Q sanctions list

UN5.jpgThe UN Security Council has added the group Khatiba Imam al-Bukhari (KIB) to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list (asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo imposed). The group was listed for (inter alia) being “associated with Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant”, as well as having committed “terrorist attacks against military and civilian installations in the Syrian Arab Republic”. UN press release here, and Narrative Summary of Reasons for Listing here.

The EU implemented this listing on 5 April 2018 by adopting Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2918/537. EU Notice here.

US designates ‘ISIS chemical weapons expert’ & ‘Uzbek fighting force group’ as global terrorists

US Department of StateLast week, the US Department of State designated a French national, Joe Asperman, and the group Katibat al-Imam al-Bukhari (KIB), as Specially Designated Global Terrorists pursuant to section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (asset freezes imposed). OFAC Notice here.

Joe Asperman was designated for his role as a “senior chemical weapons expert for ISIS”, as well as overseeing “chemical operations production within Syria for ISIS and the deployment of [those] chemical weapons at the battlefront”. Department of State press release here.

KIB was designated for being the “largest Uzbek fighting force in Syria”, and for playing a “significant role in the fighting in northwestern Syria, fighting alongside groups including al-Nusrah Front” (an al-Qa’ida affiliated group in Syria). Department of State press release here.

EU updates terrorism sanctions list

EU CommissionIn December 2001, the EU adopted Council Common Position 2001/931/CFSP, which (inter alia) imposed asset freezing measures against a number of persons, groups and entities deemed to be “involved in terrorist acts”.

Today, the EU updated that list by adopting Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/475 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/468 (13 individuals and 20 groups/entities are currently listed). Consequently, Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1426 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1420 have been repealed.

EU implements 2 new UN entries to Somalia sanctions list

EU5.jpgOn 8 March 2018, the UN Security Council added 2 people to its Somalia and Eritrea sanctions list, Ahmad Iman Ali and Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi, for alleged links with Al-Shabaab (previous blog here). The EU has implemented those two new entries by adopting Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/417 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/413.

Third countries align with EU’s ISIL and Al-Qaeda sanctions

EU4The EU has announced that Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia have aligned themselves with Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/283. That decision added 1 person (French national, ‘Fabien Clain’) to the EU sanctions list in respect of ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda (previous blog here).

UN & US sanction 2 people for Al-Shabaab links

UN HQ.jpgThe UN Security Council has added 2 individuals, Ahmad Iman Ali and Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi, to its Somalia and Eritrea sanctions list – UN press release here and UK OFSI Notice here. The US Department of State has designated those same individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, pursuant to section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 – OFAC Notice here and Department of State press release here.

Mr Ali is said to be a “prominent Kenyan Al-Shabaab commander who has served as the group’s leader in Kenya since 2012” – UN summary of reasons for listing here. Mr Abdi was placed on the “Kenyan government’s wanted list of terrorists known or suspected to be members of Al-Shabaab”, and is “wanted in connection with the June 2014 attack in Mpeketoni, Kenya that claimed numerous lives” – UN summary of reasons for listing here.

EU implements 3 UN listings under ISIL & A-Q sanctions list

EU3.jpgThe EU has implemented the recent decision of the UN Security Council (see here) to add 2 individuals, Salim Mustafa Muhammad Al-Mansur and Umar Mahmud Irhayyim Al-Kubaysi, and 1 entity, Al-Kawthar Money Exchange, to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list (asset freezes imposed). See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/349, and UK OFSI Notice here.