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Threats Posed by Terrorist Groups in Afghanistan; US Sanctions Al-Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban Leaders

The US Department of State reported that the department has included the names of four Al-Qaeda leaders (emirs) in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs).

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a statement on Thursday, December 1, said that the United States is committed to using its full set of counter-terrorism tools to counter the threats posed by the terrorist groups actively operating in Afghanistan, including AQIS and TTP.

According to Blinken, the US Department of State has included four leaders of AQIS and the deputy emir of TTP on the list of global terrorists.

These four people include Osama Mahmood, the leader (emir) of AQIS, Atif Yahya Ghouri, the deputy emir of AQIS, Muhammad Maruf, who is responsible for Al-Qaeda’s recruiting, and Qari Amjad, the deputy emir of TTP.

With the new US sanctions, the assets of these four are blocked and citizens are prohibited from trading or dealing with them.

The new actions taken up on December 1 again demonstrate that the US will continue to use all relevant tools to uphold its commitment so that international terrorists are not able to operate with impunity in Afghanistan, according to the press statement.