Trump adds TTP chief, 11 others on global terrorist list

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Staff Report

Islamabad

The US has designated 12 persons, including the chief of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Noor Wali Mehsud, as global terrorists and imposed sanctions on multiple “terrorists and their supporters”.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order “modernising and strengthening sanctions authorities to combat terrorism”, said a press statement by the US State Department. The order was signed on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, was named the leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah,” said the US State Dept statement. “Under Noor Wali’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly terrorist attacks across Pakistan”.

“The State Department is moving aggressively to implement these new authorities.  Today, the Department designated Hurras al-Din, an al-Qa’ida-affiliated group in Syria, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).  The Department has also designated as SDGTs 12 leaders of previously designated groups, including Hizballah, HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, ISIS, ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-West Africa, and Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan.  In addition to these actions, the Department of the Treasury has designated 15 terrorists affiliated with ISIS, ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Khorasan, al-Qa’ida, HAMAS, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force under the same authority,” the statement added.

The “actions seek to deny these terrorists the resources to plan and carry out attacks.  All of their property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.”

“Terrorist designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the US financial system.  Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of US agencies and other governments, the statement added.