Al-Qaida

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) Program is offering a reward for information on two senior al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leaders. RFJ is offering up to $6 million for information leading to the identification or location of Sa’ad bin Atef al-Awlaki and up to $4 million for information leading to the identification or location of Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi.

Al-Awlaki is the emir of Shabwah, a province in Yemen. He has publicly called for attacks against the United States and our allies.  Al-Qosi, also known as Sheikh Khubayb al-Sudani and Mohammad Salah Ahmad, is part of the leadership team that assists the current “emir” of AQAP. Since 2015, he has appeared in AQAP recruiting materials and encouraged lone wolf attacks against the United States in online propaganda. Al-Qosi was born in Sudan. He joined AQAP in 2014, but has been active in al-Qa’ida for decades and worked directly for Usama bin Laden for many years. Al-Qosi was captured in Pakistan in December 2001 before being transferred to Guantanamo Bay. He pleaded guilty in 2010 before a military commission to conspiring with al-Qa’ida and providing material support to terrorism. The United States released al-Qosi and returned him to Sudan in 2012 pursuant to a pretrial agreement.

More information about these reward offers is located on the RFJ website at www.rewardsforjustice.net. We encourage anyone with information on al-Awlaki or al-Qosi to contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website, e-mail to info@rewardsforjustice.net, or the regional security officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The Rewards for Justice Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $150 million to more than 100 individuals who provided information that helped bring terrorists to justice or assisted in preventing acts of international terrorism worldwide.

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State Department Press Release

The UK publishes a quarterly report about its counter-terrorism sanctions program – and the one for Q4 of 2018 (calendar) is out. Here are the highlights:

  • At the end of the quarter, 9,000 GBP was frozen under TAFA, 18,000 under EU Reg 2580/2001, and 70,000 under the ISIL/Al-Qaida regime (EU Reg 881/2002). These represent 6 TAFA accounts or payments, 3 for EC 2580/2001 and 36 for ISIL-AQ. One item was frozen during the quarter under ISIL-AQ.
  • There were 3 new ISIL-AQ designations during the quarter and one new one under EU Reg 2016/1686 .
  • There were 5 TAFA renewals during the quarter
  • Under the ISIL-AQ regime, 8 licenses were issued during the quarter. And there are still 4 active General Licenses.

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TAFA October-December 2018 Report

On Wednesday, UK regulators implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/431 by amending this listing – again:

BIN LADEN, Hamza Usama Muhammad

DOB: 09/05/1989. POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Other Information: UN Ref QDi.421. Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri(QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. UN Listing (formerly temporary listing, in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). Listed on: 01/03/2019 Last Updated: 06/03/2019 20/03/2019 Group ID: 13770.

This is at least the 2nd amendment to this listing in the last month…

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OFSI Notice

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/431

On Thursday, Canadian regulators amended the following counter terrorism listing:

QDi.421 Name: 1: HAMZA 2: USAMA 3: MUHAMMAD 4: BIN LADEN
Name (original script): حمزة أسامة محمد بن لادن 
Title: na Designation: na DOB: 9 May 1989 POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Good quality a.k.a.: na Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: naSaudi Arabia Passport no: na National identification no: na Address: na Listed on: 28 Feb. 2019 (amended on 13 Mar. 2019) Other information: Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link: https://www.interpol.int/en/notice/search/un/6297888.

after the changes were made by the United Nations ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

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OSFI Notice

UN Notice

On Thursday, Swiss authorities updated the following individual listing:

SSID: 10-40163 Foreign identifier: QDi.421 Name: Hamza Usama Muhammad Bin Laden DOB: 9 May 1989 POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Nationality: Saudi Arabia

Relation: Announced as an official member of Al-Qaida (QE.A.4.01., SSID 10-17297) Other information: Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice available. Modifications: Listed on 28 Feb 2019, amended on 13 Mar 2019

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

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FINMA Notice

Data files of updates – PDF, XML

Earlier today, Australian regulators added:

QDi.421 Name: 1: HAMZA 2: USAMA 3: MUHAMMAD 4: BIN LADEN

حمزة أسامة محمد بن لادن :)Name (original script

Title: na Designation: na DOB: 9 May 1989 POB: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Good quality a.k.a.: na Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: Saudi Arabia Passport no: na National identification no: na Address: na Listed on: 28 Feb. 2019 Other information: Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri (QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al- Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link: https://www.interpol.int/en/notice/search/un/xxxx

to their counter terrorism sanctions, following his addition by the United Nations ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.

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UN Notice

On Wednesday, UK regulators implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/353 by amending the following ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida individual listing:

BIN LADEN, Hamza Usama Muhammad

DOB: 09/05/1989. Other Information: UN Ref QDi.421. Son of Usama bin Laden (deceased). Announced by Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri(QDi.006) as an official member of Al-Qaida (QDe.004). Has called for followers of Al-Qaida to commit terror attacks. Is seen as the most probable successor of al-Zawahiri. (Listing to be treated as temporary for 30 days from the date of listing by the UN or until the EU adds the new listing to an existing sanctions regulation (whichever is sooner) in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). UN Listing (formerly temporary listing, in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). Listed on: 01/03/2019 Last Updated: 01/03/2019 06/03/2019 Group ID: 13770.

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OFSI Notice

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/353