US, UN sanction top al-Qaeda financial official

The US Treasury and the UN on Aug. 24 announced sanctions against a supposed al-Qaeda leader who also is Osama bin Laden‘s son-in-law for serving as a top financial official in the terror organization. Muhammad Abdallah Hasan Abu al-Khayr was designated by the US as a “specially designated global terrorist” under Executive Order 13224 and was also added to the UN’s 1267 sanctions list for al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives. The designation allows the US and the UN to freeze the assets of Khayr, prevent him from using financial institutions, and prosecute him for terrorist activities. Khayr is described by the Treasury as “a key leader of the terrorist organization’s finance section” who “also acts for al-Qaeda in a leadership role on the media committee.” (The Long War Journal, Aug. 24)

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