US designates Al-Hababi as global terrorist
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The US on Wednesday declared Nayf Salam Muhammad Ujaym Al-Hababi as a specially-designated global terrorist for his activities on behalf of Al-Qaeda as its head for eastern Afghanistan.
In this leadership role, Al-Hababi is responsible for planning attacks against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, contributing to Al-Qaeda’s external operations planning and fundraising, the Department of Treasury said.
As a result of the action, any property or interest in property of Al-Hababi within U.S. jurisdiction is frozen. Additionally, transactions by US persons involving Al-Hababi are generally prohibited.
“Al-Hababi has a long history of directing deadly attacks against US forces and our Coalition allies in Afghanistan, along with plotting Al-Qaeda terrorist operations in the US and around the world,” said Adam J. Szubin, acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
“To both protect the American people and support our Afghan allies in their quest for peace and stability, Treasury will continue to aggressively target Al-Qaeda leaders such as al-Hababi for their roles in planning and financing terrorism,” he said.
According to Treasury, Al-Hababi has operated in Afghanistan since at least 2009 and was serving as the Al-Qaeda emir for the eastern zone of the country as of 2015.
He has led an Al-Qaeda battalion in Afghanistan since at least mid-2010 and as of mid-2015 was responsible for finding a new sanctuary for the outfit. For several years, he has been in charge of Al-Qaeda-sponsored training in northeast Afghanistan.
Al-Hababi has been involved in raising funds and authorising spending on behalf of Al-Qaeda since 2010. As of 2015, he directed the delivery of funds and weapons to Taliban associates for use in future attacks.
As of 2012, Al-Hababi solicited funds from supporters in Gulf countries to support Al-Qaeda’s external operations and also expected to receive funds from Gulf-based donors for activities in Afghanistan. He also directed the purchase of weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, to distribute to militants in Afghanistan.
In early 2013, Al-Hababi and his battalion intended to take control of Kunar province and establish a base to launch external operations on behalf of Al-Qaeda.
In revenge for the deaths of senior Al-Qaeda leaders, he planned attacks in the West, including in the US and other countries. As of 2012, suicide bombers affiliated with him were tasked to attack Afghan bases and Coalition convoys.
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