The Department of the Treasury today designated five individuals for providing financial support to al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, as well as facilitating terrorist activity. The individuals were designated pursuant to Executive Order 13224 and added to the Treasury's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The designees were:
- Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, a.k.a. Mullah Krekar (Krekar). He founded in December 2001 the Kurdish terrorist group Ansar al-Islam (AI), now known as Ansar al-Sunnah (AS), and served as AI's first leader.
- Jaber Al-Jalamah, a Kuwait-based terrorist facilitator, has provided financial and logistical support to the al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. Al-Jalamah has also provided recruits for these efforts.
- Mubarak Mushakhas Sanad Al-Bathali is a Kuwait-based terrorist facilitator. He also serves as a fundraiser and recruiter for the al-Qada network. Al-Bathali has spoken at several mosques in Kuwait to raise funds for provision to al-Qaeda operatives. As of 2006, Al-Bathali continues to facilitate travel for extremists planning to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Hamid Al-Ali, a Kuwait-based terrorist facilitator, has provided financial support for al-Qaeda-affiliated groups seeking to commit acts of terrorism in Kuwait, Iraq, and elsewhere.
- Mohamed Moumou's is a Moroccan national with Swedish citizenship. He was the uncontested leader of an extremist group centered around the Brandbergen Mosque in Stockholm, Sweden. His extremist activities date back to the mid-1990's, when he traveled to Afghanistan to participate in the al-Qaeda-run Khalden terrorist training camp. Moumou's leadership derives from connections to senior al-Qaeda leaders, some of whom he had met in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the late-1990s. Moumou reportedly served, at some time in the past, as Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's representative in Europe for issues related to chemical and biological weapons. Moreover, Moumou reportedly maintains ties to al-Zarqawi's inner circle in Iraq.
"These individuals support every stage of the terrorist life-cycle, from financing terrorist groups and activity, to facilitating deadly attacks, and inciting others to join campaigns of violence and hate. The civilized world must stand united in isolating these terrorists," said Stuart Levey, Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
This designation freezes any assets the designees may have under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits all financial and commercial transactions by any U.S. person with the designees. In addition, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1624, the U.S. condemns those who incite others to acts of terrorism and violence.