Another Al-Qaeda and ISIS affiliate and leader of the Filipino originated militia Abu Sayyaf Group, now stands listed as an international terrorist by the US State Department.
The US State Department let out information for public consumption that Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan is low listed as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) along with 12 other terrorist leaders, whose groups were operating in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and West Africa.
Sawadjaan was the mastermind behind suicide attacks on Sulu Islands on Jan. 27 this year. The first attack on a cathedral in Jolo city killed 23 people — including an Indonesian couple who carried out the bombing — and wounded 109 others.
Sawadjaan heads a faction of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu and is the leader of the Islamic State in the Philippines, that has already found a place on the list.
The intent to continue to add on names is to send off a clear message that “we seek to deny these terrorists the resources to plan and carry out attacks,” as the official spokesperson from the State Department said.
As per regulations set against those who are listed as global terrorists, ‘all of their property and interests in property subject to US jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons will also be (generally) prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them,” added the State Department.
The addition was a part of a special list that was released by the US Treasury to sanction such individuals and marked the death anniversary of people who lost their lives to the September 11 attack in 2001.
The blacklist sanctions were followed by Trump going ahead with an executive order that will enhance America’s ability to go after financiers of militant groups, their leaders and supporters.
Further, it is being reported that the US State Department that this executive order has come to be seen as the ‘most significant update of terrorist designations since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and will enable the US to more effectively sanction the leaders of terrorist organizations and those who train to commit acts of terrorism.”
It is worth mentioning here that Al-Qaeda and ISIS are both descendants of the Muslim Brotherhood thought process who have received terror funding, in the guise of extortion money, kickbacks, illegal cash transfers between Middle Eastern countries and Europe, mostly through nations like Iran and Qatar. While Iran is not in the good books of US right now, Qatar still needs to come clean, something which the rich small Islamic country has been avoiding by pumping money into robust positive PR done by America lobbyist itself.