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Trump administration slaps sanctions on six Taliban, Haqqani terrorists

In a scathing attack on Pakistan, US President Donald Trump, in his first tweet of 2018, had accused it of "lies and deceit" and of fooling US leaders while sheltering terrorists

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he arrives during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Photo: AP/PTI)

The today slapped sanctions on six and the network leaders and pressed to work with the US to deny militants safe havens on its soil and aggressively target their fund-raising activities. The network has carried out a number of kidnappings and attacks against US interests in It has also been blamed for several deadly attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in that killed 58 people. In a scathing attack on Pakistan, US Donald Trump, in his first tweet of 2018, had accused it of "lies and deceit" and of fooling US leaders while sheltering terrorists. The latest action by the US was taken against four leaders -- Abdul Samad Sani, Abdul Qadeer Basir Abdul Baseer, and -- and two leaders Faqir Muhammad and Gula Khan Hamidi. All the six militants have been designated as global terrorists by the US' Department of Treasury. As a result, all property and interests in property of these persons subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and the US citizens are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. "We are targeting six individuals related to the or network who have been involved in attacks on coalition troops, smuggling of individuals, or financing these terrorist groups," said Sigal Mandelker, Under for Terrorism and The action supports Trump's Strategy by disrupting terrorist organisations and publically exposing individuals who facilitate their activities, he said. Mandelker said: "The Pakistani must work with us to deny the and the network sanctuary and to aggressively target their terrorist fund raising". In early 2017, Sani sent weapons to members who later attacked an (ANP) patrol, killing an ANP and wounding two In 2015, Sani was a member of the 'Senior Shura' and had received funding to purchase supplies and ammunition for commanders and fighters engaged in combat in He was personally involved in appointing special representatives to serve as fundraisers abroad. Sani served as the Taliban's deputy commissioner, and also as the for the during the regime. Last year, Baseer provided commanders with tens of thousands of dollars for attacks in Kunar province of In 2016, he hosted meetings with leaders of the to convince them to support then supreme of the Mullah He served as the for the in He was the to the Taliban's Military Council and of the Taliban's Financial Commission in 2010. He personally delivers money from the Taliban's leadership Shura to groups in During the regime, Baseer was the of the in Islamabad and according to the UN, he also served as the regime's military attach at the embassy in Islamabad. Popalzai has served for several years at the Commission and was in-charge of the Taliban's finances for southern and western Afghanistan, including Qandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Herat, Zabul, and provinces. In mid-2011, the was paid 10 million euros for the release of hostages it was holding. The arranged for money to be deposited into an account at an Afghan in Qandahar.

The account, which ultimately belonged to Ishakzai, was held in a false name. Inayatullah has been a military affairs member in charge of multiple Afghan provinces, and was a member of the Shura. In 2016, he operated as the overall member responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in He received a large sum of money from a contact and gave it to a courier to provide it to militants. For several years, Faqir has been a for the network. He was designated for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the network. In 2014, Hamidi agreed to facilitate travel for a network-affiliated Uzbek extremist and his associates from to In 2014, he likely facilitated the transfer of funds from the network to a Pakistan-based Uzbek extremist. Hamidi planned to send funds to Germans located with the network in Pakistan, US authorities said.

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 12:15 IST
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