United States : Treasury Designates Senior Taliban Leader.
Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury named senior Taliban leader Torek Agha as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order 13224. The Treasury Department targeted Torek Agha for his role as a key Taliban fundraiser and member of a Taliban leadership council responsible for facilitating external funding and military operations in Afghanistan. As a result of today s action, any property or interest in property of the designated person subject to U.S. jurisdiction is frozen. Additionally, transactions by U.S. persons involving Torek Agha are generally prohibited.
Torek Agha, a long-standing Taliban member, has been central to spearheading brutal military attacks and raising millions of dollars to support the Taliban s ruthless acts of terrorism, said Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam Szubin. Treasury has aggressively targeted those supporting the Taliban s financial and military aims, and today s action marks yet another step in our efforts to financially cripple the group.
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