US slaps sanctions on al Qaeda supporters

US slaps sanctions on al Qaeda supporters
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The Obama administration on Wednesday announced new sanctions targeting two people allegedly responsible for financially supporting terrorists throughout the Middle East.

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“Any assets these individuals may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from doing business with them,” the Treasury Department said.

One of the men, Sa'd bin Sa'd Muhammad Shariyan al-Ka’bi, is from Qatar and has helped finance al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, known as the Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front.

The other financier is Abd al-Latif Bin 'Abdallah Salih Muhammad al-Kawari, who is also from Qatar and has aided al Qaeda.

“The people designated today played roles in supporting violent extremists in Syria, Pakistan and Sudan,” Treasury said.

Since at least late 2012, al-Ka’bi has provided support to the Nusra Front in Syria, the Treasury Department said. As of early 2014, al-Ka’bi organized a donation campaign after an official from the Nusra Front asked for help to raise money for weapons and food. Another official from the terrorist group had al-Ka’ibi serve as an intermediary in collecting a ransom for a hostage taken by the group, and he facilitated the ransom payment in exchange for the release of the hostage.

In the early 2000s, al-Kawari worked with an al Qaeda operative to transfer money to the terrorist group in Pakistan. In early 2012, he worked with al Qaeda to coordinate the delivery of funding from Qatari financiers to al Qaeda.