OFAC adds 7 people to terror sanctions listings

Earlier today, OFAC designated the following people under its counter terrorism sanctions program:

BOURAS, Sami Bashur (a.k.a. “Khadim”; a.k.a. “Wakrici”); DOB 1974 to 1976; citizen Sweden; Gender Male; Passport M323879 (Tunisia) (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
CHOUDARY, Anjem (a.k.a. “Abu Luqman”), United Kingdom; DOB 18 Jan 1967; POB Welling, Southeast London, UK; alt. POB North London, UK; citizen United Kingdom; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
CRAWFORD, Shane Dominic (a.k.a. CRAWFORD, Shane Asadullah; a.k.a. “Abu Sa’d at-Trinidadi”; a.k.a. “Asad”; a.k.a. “Asadullah”), Syria; DOB 22 Feb 1986; POB Trinidad and Tobago; nationality Trinidad and Tobago; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
ELSHEIKH, El Shafee (a.k.a. “Shaf”; a.k.a. “Shafee”), Aleppo, Syria; DOB 16 Jul 1988; POB Sudan; citizen United Kingdom; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
JEDI, Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed (a.k.a. JEDI, Muhamad Wanndy bin Muhamad; a.k.a. JEDI, Muhamad Wanndy Mohamad; a.k.a. JEDI, Muhamad Wanndy Muhamad; a.k.a. WANNDY, Muhamad; a.k.a. “AL-FATEH, Abu Hamzah”; a.k.a. “AL-MALIZI, Abu Sayyaf”), Syria; DOB 16 Nov 1990; alt. DOB 1989 to 1991; POB Durian Tunggal, Malacca, Malaysia; nationality Malaysia; Gender Male; Passport A33373751 (Malaysia); National ID No. 90116-04-5293(individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT). 
 
TAMTOMO, Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih (a.k.a. NAIM, Bahrun; a.k.a. TAMTOMO, Anggih; a.k.a. “AISYAH, Abu”; a.k.a. “RAYAN, Abu”; a.k.a. “RAYYAN, Abu”), Aleppo, Syria; Raqqa, Syria; DOB 06 Sep 1983; POB Surakarta, Indonesia; alt. POB Pekalongan, Indonesia; nationality Indonesia; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT] (Linked To: ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT). 
 
TAYLOR, Mark John (a.k.a. TAYLOR, Mark; a.k.a. “Abu Abdul Rahman”; a.k.a. “AL-RAHMAN, Mark John”; a.k.a. “DANIEL, Mohammad”; a.k.a. “DANIEL, Muhammad”), Raqqa, Syria; DOB 1972 to 1974; POB New Zealand; nationality New Zealand; Gender Male (individual) [SDGT].

Notice the countries these folks are from (highlighted).

Both the State and Treasury Departments issued press releases about this. State covers 5 of the designees:

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 30, 2017

 

The Department of State has designated El Shafee Elsheikh, Anjem Choudary, Sami Bouras, Shane Dominic Crawford, and Mark John Taylor as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of these designations, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or dealings with Elsheikh, Choudary, Bouras, Crawford, and Taylor, and all of their property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction is frozen.

El Shafee Elsheikh traveled to Syria in 2012, joined al-Qa’ida’s (AQ) branch in Syria, and later joined ISIS. In May 2016, Elsheikh was identified as a member of the ISIS execution cell known as “The Beatles,” a group accused of beheading more than 27 hostages and torturing many more. Elsheikh was said to have earned a reputation for waterboarding, mock executions, and crucifixions while serving as an ISIS jailer.

Anjem Choudary is a British extremist with links to convicted terrorists and extremist networks in the UK, including the proscribed Al-Muhajiroun group. In September 2014, Choudary was arrested for pledging allegiance to ISIS and for acting as a key figure in ISIS’ recruitment drive. He was sentenced to prison in September 2016. Choudary has stated that he will continue his recruitment activities from prison.

Sami Bouras is a Swedish citizen of Tunisian descent who is a member of AQ and who has been involved with planning suicide attacks.

Shane Dominic Crawford is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and is currently believed to be a foreign terrorist fighter in Syria carrying out terrorist activity on behalf of ISIS, including acting as an English language propagandist for the group.

Mark John Taylor is a New Zealand national who has been fighting in Syria with ISIS since the fall of 2014. Taylor has used social media, including appearing in a 2015 ISIS propaganda video, to encourage terrorist attacks in Australia and New Zealand.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Elsheikh, Choudary, Bouras, Crawford, and Taylor have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/index.htm.


And Treasury covers the other two:

 Treasury Designates Indonesian and Malaysian ISIS Operatives and Leaders


3/30/2017

Action Continues Treasury Efforts Against ISIS in Southeast Asia
 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to disrupt the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) global financial and facilitation networks by designating two individuals – Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo and Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed Jedi – as Specially Designated Global Terrorists pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.  The individuals designated today are Syria- and Iraq-based ISIS members who provide financial and operational support for ISIS’s recruitment and attack plotting in Indonesia, Malaysia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.  This action targets ISIS’s recruitment and financial support of terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia and continues Treasury’s efforts against the ISIS’s operations globally.  
 
As a result of today’s actions, all property and interests in property of these individuals subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
 
“Designating Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo and Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed Jedi sends a powerful signal to individuals that provide support to ISIS and demonstrates the U.S. government’s resolve to combat terrorism and terrorism financing in the region,” said John E. Smith, OFAC Director.
 
Additionally, the Department of State today designated five persons pursuant to E.O. 13224. See link here.
 
Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo
 
Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo (Naim) was designated for acting for or on behalf of ISIS.
 
Naim is a Syria-based Indonesian national and ISIS official who has served in a variety of roles including leading an ISIS unit, recruiting, and overseeing and funding ISIS operations in Indonesia and elsewhere.   
 
Naim declared his allegiance to ISIS in August 2014 and as of January 2016 had recruited more than 100 Indonesians for ISIS.  As of February 2016, Naim served as one of the leaders of an Indonesian- and Malay-speaking ISIS faction in Syria.  By February 2016, he was promoted to be a high official within ISIS.  
 
Naim reportedly organized and funded the Jakarta attacks on January 14, 2016 that killed four civilians and injured 23 people in multiple explosions and gunfire.  Additionally, sometime prior to the attacks, Naim transferred nearly $72,000 to an associate in Indonesia, purportedly to conduct attacks on his instructions.  
 
In 2015, Naim was in contact with a network of ISIS-affiliated extremists in Indonesia.  In August 2015, Naim reportedly instructed three men in Solo, Indonesia to plan a bomb attack of a police post, a church, and a Chinese temple.  In mid-2015, Naim provided instructions and funding to an Indonesia-based associate for the purpose of establishing and training a bomb-making cell.  When the leaders and members of this bomb-making cell were arrested in August 2015, Naim called on other associates to form a new cell for which Naim provided funds.
 
Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed Jedi
 
Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed Jedi (Wanndy) was designated for acting for or on behalf of ISIS.  
 
Wanndy is a Syria- and Iraq-based Malaysian ISIS operative who coordinates attack planning for ISIS and recruits and facilitates the travel of extremists to Syria to fight for ISIS.  Wanndy has directed multiple attacks and provided material support to ISIS.    
 
In June 2016, Wanndy claimed responsibility on behalf of ISIS for a June 28, 2016 grenade attack on a nightclub in Malaysia in which eight people were wounded.  Wanndy also warned Malaysian police about additional attacks and threatened to assassinate the Malaysian Prime Minister and top officials.
 
In March 2016, Malaysian authorities arrested a cell of 15 Malaysia-based militants who were subordinate to Wanndy.  The cell was responsible for recruiting individuals to fight for ISIS in Syria and fundraising on behalf of ISIS.  An investigation following the arrest found that Wanndy had ordered members of the cell to conduct attacks in Malaysia.
 
In early 2016, Wanndy recruited and facilitated the travel of three Malaysian ISIS supporters who were attempting to join the terrorist group in Syria, but were arrested in Malaysia following their deportation from Turkey.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Treasury Press Release

State Press Release

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