June 7, 2018: SECO updates one counter terrorism entity listing

Yesterday, Swiss authorities updated the following entity: 

SSID: 10-27843 Foreign identifier: QE.A.137.14. Name: Al-Nusrah Front For The People Of The Levant

Good quality a.k.a.: a) The Victory Front (Jabhat al-Nusrah, Jabhet al-Nusra, Al-Nusrah Front, Al-Nusra FrontHay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) (Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, Hay’et Tahrir al- Sham, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Assembly for the Liberation of Syria, Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant, Liberation of al-Sham Commission, Liberation of the Levant Organisation Tahrir al-Sham, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at) b) The Victory Front (Jabhat al-Nusrah, Jabhet al-Nusra, Al-Nusrah Front, Al-Nusra Front) c) Jabhat Fath al Sham (Jabhat Fath al- Sham, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, Fatah al-Sham Front, Fateh al-Sham Front) d) Conquest of the Levant Front e) The Front for the Liberation of al Sham f) Front for the Conquest of Syria/the Levant g) Front for the Liberation of the Levant h) Front for the Conquest of Syria i) Ansar al-Mujahideen Network j) Levantine Mujahideen on the Battlefields of Jihad Address: a) Syrian Arab Republic (operates in) b) Iraq (support network in)

Justification: a) Associated with Al-Qaida (SSID 10-17297). b) Brought Syrian and foreign Al-Qaida in Iraq (SSID 10-17311) and Asbat al-Ansar (SSID 10-17390) fighters, along with other foreign Al-Qaida operatives, to join local elements in the Syrian Arab Republic to carry out terrorist and guerrilla operations there. c) Previously associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (SSID 10-17311), and its leader Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai (SSID 10-14281) but separated from that group in 2013. In Jul 2016, Abu Mohammed Al-Jawlani (SSID 10-25538), the leader of Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, announced the group had changed its name to Jabhat Fath al-Sham and was no longer affiliated with any external entity. Despite the announcement and attempts to distinguish itself from Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, the group remains aligned with Al-Qaida and continues to carry out terrorist operations under this new namename. In Jan 2017, Al-Nusrah Front created Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) as a vehicle to advance its position in the Syrian insurgency and further its own goals as Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria. Relation: a) Associated with Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01., SSID 10-17297) b) Associated with Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali Al-Badri Al-Samarrai (QI.A.299.11., SSID 10-14281) Other information: Previously listed between 30 May 2013 and 13 May 2014 as an aka of Al-Qaida in Iraq (SSID 10-17311).10-17311). INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice available. Modifications: Listed on 6 Jun 2014, amended on 7 Jun 2017, 5 Jun 2018

designated under the Al-Qaida/bin Laden/Taliban counter terrorism sanctions program.

Links:

FINMA Notice

Data files of updates – PDFXML

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