The Department of State has designated Alexanda Amon Kotey as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons and groups determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. The consequences of this designation includes a prohibition against U.S. persons from generally engaging in transactions or dealings with Kotey and the freezing of all of Kotey’s property and interests in property in the United States, or which come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Alexanda Amon Kotey, a British national, is one of four members of an execution cell for the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The notorious cell, dubbed “The Beatles” and once headed by now-deceased SDGT Mohamed Emwazi (also known as Jihadi John), is responsible for holding captive and beheading approximately two dozen hostages, including several Westerners. Among them: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig. As a guard for the cell, Kotey likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding. Kotey has also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several UK nationals to join the terrorist organization.

The imposition of sanctions by the United States against terrorists is a powerful tool. Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Alexanda Amon Kotey is actively engaged in terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments.

 

The Department of State has designated Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to who have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. The consequences of this designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons from generally engaging in transactions with Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, and the freezing of all property and interests in property of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah that now or in the future are in the United States or under the possession or control of U.S. persons.

JAD is a terrorist group based in Indonesia that was formed in 2015 and is composed of almost two dozen Indonesian extremist groups that pledged allegiance to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ISIL is a U.S. Department of State-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT, and al-Baghdadi is a U.S. Department of State designated SDGT. In January 2016, four people were killed and 25 wounded following an attack by a suicide bomber and gunmen in central Jakarta. The attack was attributed to JAD militants financially supported by an Indonesian ISIL militant based in Syria.

Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control also designated two Indonesians and two Australians for acting for or on behalf of ISIL pursuant to E.O. 13224.

The Department of State has designated Ali Damush and Mustafa Mughniyeh as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons and groups determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. The consequences of these designations include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions or dealings with Damush and Mughniyeh and the freezing of all of their property and interests in property in the United States, or which come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Ali Damush is a senior leader of Hizballah, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), and an aide to its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). Damush leads Hizballah’s Foreign Relations Department, which engages in covert terrorist operations around the world on behalf of Hizballah, including recruiting terrorist operatives and gathering intelligence.

Mustafa Mughniyeh is a commander in Hizballah. He is the nephew of the terrorist group’s previous military commander Mustafa Badreddine and the son of the notorious Hizballah military commander Imad Mughniyeh. Mustafa Mughniyeh once led Hizballah’s operations in the Golan Heights, helping organize the group’s terrorist infrastructure.

The imposition of sanctions by the United States against terrorists like Damush and Mughniyeh is a powerful tool. Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Ali Damush and Mustafa Mughniyeh are actively engaged in terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments.

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