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US slaps sanctions on Haqqani commander, Taliban financer

US slapped sanctions on prominent Taliban financers and commanders of the Haqqani terror network.



Washington: In a bid to choke off financial
and other support to terrorists, the US on Thursday slapped
sanctions on prominent Taliban financers and commanders of the
Haqqani terror network, which is blamed by Washington of being
linked to the Pakistani spy agency ISI.

The individuals slapped sanctions are Hajji Faizullah
Noorzai, a prominent Taliban financer, his brother Hajji Malik
Noorzai; Abdur Rehman, a Taliban facilitator; and Fazal Rahim,
a financer of al Qaeda.

The Department of Treasury named Abdul Aziz Abbasin as a
key commander in the Haqqani Network who, as of early 2010,
received orders from and was appointed by Sirajuddin Haqqani
to serve as the Taliban shadow governor of Orgun District,
Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

"These financiers and facilitators provide the fuel for
the Taliban, Haqqani Network and al Qaeda to realize their
violent aspirations," said Under Secretary for Terrorism and
Financial Intelligence David S Cohen.

That is why we are taking these actions today and will
continue our relentless efforts to choke off streams of
financial and other support to terrorists, he underlined.

As a result of today’s action, UScompanies and
individuals are generally prohibited from engaging in
transactions with the targeted individuals, and any assets
they may hold under US jurisdiction are frozen, the Department
of Treasury said in a statement.

According to the Treasury, Faizullah has served as a
prominent Taliban financier with whom senior Taliban leaders
invested funds.

He has collected more than USD 100,000 for the Taliban
from donors in the Gulf and in 2009 gave a portion of his own
money to the Taliban.

In addition to his financial support, Faizullah has
facilitated Taliban training and operations.

Prior to his arrest in May 2010 by Pakistani authorities,
Fazal Rahim was a financial facilitator for al Qaeda and the
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a designated terrorist
organization.

Faizullah financially supported a Taliban commander in
Kandahar province, Afghanistan and has provided funding to
assist with training Taliban and al Qaeda fighters who were to
conduct attacks against coalition and Afghan military forces.

As of mid-2009, Faizullah supplied weapons, ammunition,
explosives, and medical equipment to Taliban fighters from
southern Afghanistan.

In mid-2008, Faizullah was responsible for housing
Taliban suicide bombers and moving them from Pakistan into
Afghanistan.

Faizullah has also provided anti-aircraft missiles to the
Taliban, helped move Taliban fighters around Helmand Province,
Afghanistan, facilitated Taliban suicide bombing operations
and has given radios and vehicles to Taliban members in
Pakistan.

He also operated a madrassa near the
Afghanistan/Pakistan border, where tens of thousands of
dollars were raised for the Taliban.

Faizullah`s madrassa grounds were used to provide
training to Taliban fighters in the construction and use of
improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and as of late 2007, his
madrassa was used to train al Qaeda fighters who were later
sent to Kandahar Province.

Hajji Malik Noorzai (Malik) is a Pakistan-based
businessman who, with his brother Faizullah, has invested
millions of dollars in various businesses for the Taliban.

Since 2005, Malik has personally contributed tens of
thousands of dollars and distributed hundreds of thousands of
dollars to the Taliban, some of which was collected from
donors in the Gulf region and Pakistan and some of which was
Malik’s own money.

He also handled a hawala account in Pakistan that
received tens of thousands of dollars transferred from the
Gulf every few months to support Taliban activities.

Malik, along with his brother, has also played a role in
storing vehicles to be used in Taliban suicide bombing
operations and has helped move Taliban fighters around Helmand
province.

As early as 2005, he owned a vehicle import business in
Afghanistan that imported vehicles from Dubai and Japan.

In mid-2010, Malik and his brother secured the release of
hundreds of cargo containers, reportedly worth millions of
dollars, which Pakistani authorities seized earlier that year
because they believed the recipients had a connection to
terrorism.

Abdur Rehman has served as a Taliban facilitator since at
least 2008, and as of mid-2009.

As a Taliban fundraiser, both he and his organization a
religious school in Karachi, Pakistan, and center for
recruiting, indoctrinating, meeting, and facilitating funding
for militants were directly linked to supporting the
Taliban.

Rehman has also provided facilitation and financial
services to al Qaeda.

Rehman has housed al Qaeda facilitators in Pakistan and
has been used by al Qaeda and Taliban leaders to pass
information to each other.

In early 2009, he traveled on behalf of an al Qaeda
facilitator to move funds for the Taliban and militants in
Pakistan.

In early 2007, Rehman planned to facilitate the movement
of USD 1 million from an al Qaeda facilitator in the Gulf to
Pakistan, where it would be used to finance al Qaeda and
Taliban suicide attacks and terrorist operations in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He also maintained ties with three additional designated
terrorist organizations: Harakat ul-Jihad Islami (HUJI),
Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM) and al-Akhtar Trust (AAT).

PTI

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