January 23, 2018: OFAC adds 3 to counter-terrorism sanctions

Yesterday, OFAC designated the following persons under its counter-terrorism sanctions program:

BATARFI, Khalid (a.k.a. BATARFI, Khaled; a.k.a. BATARFI, Khaled Saeed; a.k.a. BATARFI, Khalid Saeed; a.k.a. “AL-KINDI, Abu al-Miqdad”; a.k.a. “BATARFI, Khalid bin Umar”; a.k.a. “MIQDAD, Abu”), Yemen; DOB 1979; alt. DOB 1978; alt. DOB 1980; POB Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
DHAR, Siddhartha (a.k.a. DHAR, Siddartha; a.k.a. “AL BRITANI, Abu Rumaysah”; a.k.a. “DHAR, Abu”; a.k.a. “ISLAM, Saiful”; a.k.a. “RUMAYSAH, Abu”; a.k.a. “SID, Jihadi”), Syria; Iraq; DOB 24 Jun 1983; POB Edmonton, London, United Kingdom; citizen United Kingdom (individual) [SDGT]. 
 
GAINI, Abdelatif, Syria; DOB 11 Nov 1975; POB Belgium; citizen Belgium; alt. citizen Morocco (individual) [SDGT].

And the State Department issued two press releases – here’s one:

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 23, 2018

 

The Department of State has designated al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Khalid Batarfi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 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. This designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfi’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

Khalid Batarfi is a senior member in AQAP, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT. Batarfi was the top commander for AQAP in Abyan Governate, Yemen, and was a former member of AQAP’s shura council. In April 2015, Batarfi was released from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Khalid Batarfi has committed or poses a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorist designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

And the another – about the other designations:

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 23, 2018

 

The Department of State has designated two ISIS members, Siddhartha Dhar and Abdelatif Gaini, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 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. These designations seek to deny Dhar and Gaini the resources they need to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Dhar’s and Gaini’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

Siddhartha Dhar was a leading member of now-defunct terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun. In late 2014, Dhar left the United Kingdom to travel to Syria to join ISIS. He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.” Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners ISIS accused of spying for the UK.

Abdelatif Gaini is a Belgian-Moroccan citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS in the Middle East. Gaini is connected to UK-based ISIS sympathizers Mohamad Ali Ahmed and Humza Ali, who were convicted in the UK in 2016 of terrorism offenses.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Dhar and Gaini have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release 1 (Khalid Batarfi)

State Department Press Release 2 (Siddhartha Dhar and Abdelatif Gaini)

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