U.S. Department of the Treasury: “Treasury Designates Senior Al-Qa’ida Official and Terrorist Training Center Supporting Lashkar-E Tayyiba and the Taliban”

August 20, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Treasury on August 20, 2013 released the following:

Designations Include First Sanctions Against a Madrassa Used to Train Taliban Fighters

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai (Azmarai), a senior Al-Qa’ida official, and Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, also known as the Ganj Madrassa, a school in Peshawar that serves as a training center and facilitates funding for al-Qa’ida, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, and the Taliban. The activities of the Ganj Madrassa exemplify how terrorist groups, such as al-Qa’ida, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, and the Taliban, subvert seemingly legitimate institutions, such as religious schools, to divert charitable donations meant for education to support violent acts. Today’s action is the first designation of a madrassa that is being abused by terrorist organizations. This action does not generally target madrassas, which often play an essential role in improving literacy and providing humanitarian and developmental aid in many areas of the world, including Pakistan.

“Today’s action strikes at the heart of the financial and logistical support network that abuses charitable donations and provides essential services for various terrorist groups including al-Qa’ida, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, and the Taliban. These networks provide the fighters, training, and supplies for these terrorist groups to carry out their acts of violence against coalition forces and civilians alike,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will continue to work with our partners around the world to dismantle these terrorist networks, especially those that try to conceal their sinister activities behind critical community organizations like madrassas.”

During his long tenure with al-Qa’ida, Azmarai has held a number of important positions. He is al-Qa’ida’s leader in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, Pakistan, and has been a significant financial facilitator for the group, moving hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of its leadership and operations. Azmarai has also acted as a courier for al-Qa’ida officials and has managed logistics for family members of senior al-Qa’ida leadership, including Usama bin Laden.

Treasury today also designated the Ganj Madrassa in Peshawar, Pakistan, which is controlled by designated al-Qa’ida facilitator Fazeel-A-Tul Shaykh Abu Mohammed Ameen Al-Peshawari, also known as Shaykh Aminullah. Shaykh Aminullah was designated by both the United States and United Nations (UN) in 2009 for providing material support to al-Qa’ida and the Taliban.

The Ganj Madrassa serves as a terrorist training center where students, under the guise of religious studies, have been radicalized to conduct terrorist and insurgent activities. In some cases, students were trained to become bomb manufacturers and suicide bombers. Shaykh Aminullah has directed donations provided for the school to terrorist groups such as the Taliban, which use the money to fund the ongoing violence in Afghanistan.

The Ganj Madrassa was designated today pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorist and their supporters, for being controlled by Shaykh Aminullah and for providing financial and material support to Lashkar-e Tayyiba and the Taliban. Azmarai was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 for acting on behalf of al-Qa’ida.

As a result of today’s designation, any assets these entities may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from doing business with them.

Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai

In addition to his financial activities on behalf of al-Qa’ida, Azmarai has been active in multiple other facilitation duties for al-Qa’ida. As of early 2012, Azmarai facilitated the procurement of secure areas in Pakistan for al-Qa’ida to house militants and store vehicles. Azmarai has frequently acted as a courier within Pakistan for al-Qa’ida leaders and other al-Qa’ida facilitators. As of early 2003, Azmarai was a courier between al-Qa’ida cells in Pakistan and the Persian Gulf and, as of late 2002, was a courier for senior al-Qa’ida operational planner Khalid Shaykh Muhammad.

Azmarai’s facilitation duties on behalf of al-Qa’ida have also included providing logistical support to al-Qa’ida members and their families. As of 2011, Azmarai assisted al-Qa’ida’s administrative manager with managing the care of important al-Qa’ida members’ families, including facilitating their finances, housing, and medical care. In 1999, Azmarai assisted in making logistical arrangements for al-Qa’ida members and their families in Karachi, Pakistan. Azmarai was also specifically responsible for providing support to members of now-deceased al-Qa’ida leader Usama bin Laden’s family. Bin Laden’s son-in-law selected Azmarai in late 1999 to look after bin Laden’s family and, in mid-2000, Azmarai began working directly for bin Laden’s family, facilitating their travel, lodging, and medical needs. From late 2001 through early 2002, Azmarai was responsible for bin Laden’s family members in Karachi. In mid-2002, Azmarai worked for bin Laden’s son, now-deceased Saad bin Laden.

Ganj Madrassa

Under Shaykh Aminullah’s leadership, the Ganj Madrassa has trained and harbored Taliban fighters who have subsequently been dispatched to Afghanistan. As recently as early 2013, Shaykh Aminullah was recruiting for Lashkar-e Tayyiba at the Ganj Madrassa and, as of late 2012, was hosting al-Qa’ida operatives there.

Shaykh Aminullah has provided assistance, including funding and recruits, to al-Qaida. In addition, he directs donations received by the Ganj Madrassa to jihadist fighters battling coalition forces in Afghanistan and also uses the money to train madrassa students to become Taliban fighters. Shaykh Aminullah frequently travels to the Gulf to obtain charity donations on the madrassa’s behalf.

Identifying Information

Name: Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai
AKA: Muhammad Umar Sidduque Katio
AKA: Umar Kathio Chandio
AKA: Omar Chandyo
AKA: Umar Chanduo
AKA: Muhammad Umar Kathio
AKA: Abdallah al-Sindhi
AKA: ‘Abdallah Sindi
AKA: Abdullah al-Sindhi
AKA: Abdullah al-Sindi
AKA: Muhammad Omer
AKA: Muhammad Umar
DOB: 1977
POB: Saudi Arabia
National ID card number: 466-77-221879, Pakistan
Alias ID card number: 42201-015024707-7
Nationality: Pakistan
Address: Karachi, Pakistan
Address: Miram Shah, North Waziristan Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Entity: Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa
AKA: Ganj Madrassa
AKA: Jamia Madrassa Dur Ul Koran Wasuna
AKA: Madrasa Taleemul Quran Wal Hadith
AKA: Madrasa Taleemul Quran Wal Sunnah
AKA: Talalim Quran Madrassa
AKA: Taleem Ul-Quran Madrassa
AKA: Mawiya Madrassa
AKA: Tasin Al-Quran Abu Hamza
AKA: Mow-Ya Madrassa
AKA: Ganjoo Madrassa
Address: Gunj Gate, Phandu Road, Peshawar, Pakistan
Address: Near the Baron Gate, Ganj area of Peshawar, Pakistan
Address: Lahori and Yaka Tote Rd. at the intersection near the Ganj Gate”

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US puts al-Qaida trainer from Bahrain on terrorism blacklist

July 17, 2012

The Washington Post on July 17, 2012 released the following:

“By Associated Press,

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has placed a Bahraini man suspected of training members of al-Qaida on a terrorism blacklist.

The State Department announced Tuesday that Ahmed Abdulrahman Sihab Ahmed Sihab, also known as Abdulrahman al-Sharqi , has been identified as a “specially designated global terrorist.” The step freezes any assets that Sihab may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars Americans from any financial transactions with him.

Sihab, who is accused of planning attacks for al-Qaida and training members to carry them out, faces terrorism charges in Bahrain and is subject to an Interpol Red Notice.”

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Specially Designated Global Terrorists [SDGT] Entries Added on OFAC’s SDN List on September 7, 2011

September 7, 2011

As of today, OFAC has added Specially Designated Global Terrorists [SDGT] Entries to the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List):

The following [SDGT] entries have been added on OFAC’s SDN list:

ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan (a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

ABU-SHAIMA (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

ABU-SHAYMA (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAIMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib (a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad alHusayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

AL-MAURITANI, Younis (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad alHusayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

AL-MAURITANI, Yunis (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad alHusayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

CHINGHEITY (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a.KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd alRahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “ALMAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel (a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

GHUL, Hassan (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

GUL, Hasan (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

GUL, Hassan (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

KHADER, Abdel (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad (a.k.a. ALMADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

MAHMUD, Khalid (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABUSHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

MUHAMMAD, Mustafa (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. SHAHJI, Ahmad; a.k.a. “ABUSHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

QA’ID, Hasan (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

QAYED, Muhammad Hassan (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

RASHID, Abu Yunus (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

SALEM, Mohamed (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad alHusayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “ALMAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad alHusayn Ould Muhammad (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

SHAHJI, Ahmad (a.k.a. AL-MADANI, Abu Gharib; a.k.a. GHUL, Hassan; a.k.a. GUL, Hasan; a.k.a. GUL, Hassan; a.k.a. KHAN, Mustafa Hajji Muhammad; a.k.a. MAHMUD, Khalid; a.k.a. MUHAMMAD, Mustafa; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAIMA”; a.k.a. “ABU-SHAYMA”); DOB Aug 1977; alt. DOB Sep 1977; alt. DOB 1976; POB Madinah, Saudi Arabia; alt. POB Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan; nationality Pakistan; alt. nationality Saudi Arabia (individual) [SDGT]

SHEIKH YAHYA, Abu Yahya (a.k.a. ABU BAKAR, Mohammad Hassan; a.k.a. AL SAHRAWI, Abu Yahya Yunis; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Abu Yahya; a.k.a. AL-LIBI, Muhammad Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan; a.k.a. QA’ID, Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr; a.k.a. QAYED, Muhammad Hassan; a.k.a. RASHID, Abu Yunus); DOB 1963; POB Libya; nationality Libya (individual) [SDGT]

SOULEIMANE, Abou (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad alHusayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. “ALMAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “ALMAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

THE MAURITANIAN, Salih (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad alHusayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “ALMAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

THE MAURITANIAN, Shaykh Yunis (a.k.a. GHADER, El Hadj Ould Abdel; a.k.a. JELIL, Youssef Ould Abdel; a.k.a. KHADER, Abdel; a.k.a. SALEM, Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed; a.k.a. SALEM, Mohamed; a.k.a. SALIM, ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad; a.k.a. SOULEIMANE, Abou; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Sheikh Yunis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Younis”; a.k.a. “AL-MAURITANI, Yunis”; a.k.a. “CHINGHEITY”; a.k.a. “THE MAURITANIAN, Salih”); DOB 1981; POB Saudi Arabia; nationality Mauritania (individual) [SDGT]

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Treasury Targets Three Senior Al-Qa’ida Leaders

9/7/2011
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of three senior al-Qa’ida leaders based in Pakistan: leader and commander Abu Yahya al-Libi; senior leader ‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad Salim; and al-Qa’ida facilitator, courier and operative Mustafa Hajji Muhammad Khan.

“We are targeting two of al-Qa’ida’s top strategists and commanders in Pakistan, as well as a senior facilitator, striking at the heart of al-Qa’ida’s remaining leadership and its operations in Pakistan,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen.

As a result of today’s action – taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 – U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with today’s designees and any assets they may hold under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Abu Yahya al-Libi (al-Libi)
Al-Libi is a senior al-Qa’ida leader and commander in Pakistan responsible for the supervision of other senior al-Qa’ida officials. Referred to as al-Qa’ida’s propaganda chief, al-Libi is one of the group’s most prominent public figures and plays a key role in al-Qa’ida’s media operations. As of April 2010, al-Libi had released sixty-eight messages on behalf of al-Qa’ida, and was second in public visibility only to Ayman al-Zawahiri. As an authoritative voice for al-Qa’ida, al-Libi has urged Pakistanis to attack their government.

Al-Libi was also deputy to now-deceased al-Qa’ida senior leader Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, who was killed in an explosion last month. As of 2010, al-Libi commanded a group of al-Qa’ida fighters and provided financial assistance to al-Qa’ida fighters in Afghanistan. Al-Libi was also a field commander in Afghanistan and an instructor at an al-Qa’ida training camp.

‘Abd al-Rahman Ould Muhammad al-Husayn Ould Muhammad Salim (Salim)
Salim, also known as Younis al-Mauritani, is a Pakistan-based senior al-Qa’ida leader who was in charge of al-Qa’ida’s external operations as of mid-2010. He participated in the formation of the al-Qa’ida affiliate organization al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). As of late 2010, Usama bin Laden devoted most of al-Qaida’s funds to a plan developed by Salim to ostensibly damage the economy of Europe. As of mid-2010, Salim was in Pakistan to speak to individuals regarding their participation in al-Qa’ida operations in Europe.

Salim joined the Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) in 2001. He had served as a communications link between the GSPC and al-Qa’ida and was sent by GSPC leaders to Pakistan to forge the 2007 merger with al-Qa’ida that formed AQIM.

As of late 2009, Salim provided weapons and explosives training to GSPC members in Mali, including the use of AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. In 2006, Salim provided basic weapons training on the AK-47 assault rifle to GSPC members. Salim has fought for the GSPC in Mauritania, and has been wanted in Mauritania since late 2009 for planning a 2005 GSPC attack against the Mauritanian military and for forging the merger between the GSPC and al-Qa’ida.

The Pakistani military reported on Monday that Salim was arrested near Quetta, Pakistan.

Mustafa Hajji Muhammad Khan (Khan)
Khan has acted as an al-Qa’ida facilitator, courier and operative since at least 2003. As of 2010, Khan facilitated activities for senior Pakistan-based al-Qa’ida operatives. Khan has also been active in facilitating the travel of al-Qa’ida members, including escorting an individual to meet with another al-Qa’ida member in 2009. On al-Qa’ida’s behalf, Khan recruited a facilitator who helped him move people and money between Gulf countries and Pakistan. In 2007, Khan helped al-Qa’ida reestablish logistic support networks in Pakistan.

Khan once served as a messenger between al-Qa’ida and former al-Qa’ida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In 2003, he accepted a senior al-Qa’ida leader’s request to serve as an al-Qa’ida representative to al-Zarqawi and deliver a message to al-Zarqawi in Iraq. Khan attempted to deliver a letter from al-Zarqawi to Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, but was captured with the letter, which never reached bin Laden or al-Zawahiri.

Identifying Information:

Individual: ABU YAHYA AL-LIBI
AKA: Abu Yahya Sheikh Yahya
AKA: Abu Yahya Yunis al Sahrawi
AKA: Hasan Muhammad Abu Bakr Qa’id
AKA: Muhammad Hassan Qayed
AKA: Mohammad Hassan Abu Bakar
AKA: Hasan Qa’id
AKA: Muhammad Hasan al-Libi
AKA: Abu Yunus Rashid
DOB: 1963
POB: Libya
Nationality: Libyan

Individual: ‘ABD AL-RAHMAN OULD MUHAMMAD AL-HUSAYN OULD MUHAMMAD SALIM
AKA: Abdarrahmane ould Mohamed el Houcein ould Mohamed Salem
AKA: Yunis al-Mauritani
AKA: Younis al-Mauritani
AKA: Sheikh Yunis al-Mauritani
AKA: Shaykh Yunis the Mauritanian
AKA: Salih the Mauritanian
AKA: Mohamed Salem
AKA: Youssef Ould Abdel Jelil
AKA: El Hadj Ould Abdel Ghader
AKA: Abdel Khader
AKA: Abou Souleimane
AKA: Chingheity
DOB: 1981
POB: Saudi Arabia
Nationality: Mauritanian

Individual: MUSTAFA HAJJI MUHAMMAD KHAN
AKA: Hassan Ghul
AKA: Hassan Gul
AKA: Hasan Gul
AKA: Khalid Mahmud
AKA: Ahmad Shahji
AKA: Mustafa Muhammad
AKA: Abu Gharib al-Madani
AKA: Abu-Shaima
AKA: Abu-Shayma
DOB: August 1977
Alt. DOB: September 1977
Alt. DOB: 1976
POB: Madinah, Saudi Arabia
Alt. POB: Sangrar, Sindh Province, Pakistan
Nationality: Pakistani
Nationality: Saudi​”

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