New York: The UN Security Council has
imposed sanctions on two al Qaeda leaders based in Pakistan,
including the terror group`s top strategist and propaganda
chief Abu Yahya al-Libi.
Sanctions were also imposed on a senior al Qaeda leader
Younis al-Mauritani, who was in charge of the group`s external
operations and had planned attacks on European economic
The sanctions put into effect an assets freeze, travel ban
and arms embargo against the two, who participated in the
"financing, planning, facilitating and perpetrating" of terror
acts for al Qaeda.
An al Qaeda commander in Pakistan, al-Libi provided
financial assistance to the terror group`s fighters in
The Libya-born has also been a top al Qaeda strategist,
field commander in Afghanistan and an instructor at training
camps for the group.
A prominent figure in al Qaeda`s media operations, he has
been referred to as its `propaganda chief`, being second in
visibility only to top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
As of April 2010, Al-Libi had released 68 messages on
behalf of al Qaeda and had urged Pakistanis to attack their
Al-Mauritani was in charge of al Qaeda`s external
operations as of mid-2010.
He was planning an attack on European economic targets and
had the support of Osama bin Laden, who had at the time
devoted most of the organisation`s funds to support
Al-Mauritani was wanted in Mauritania for planning an
attack in 2005 against the Mauritanian military.
He was arrested in the suburbs of Quetta in Pakistan early