Turkey Blacklists Al-Qaida Affiliates - Including IS Spokesman

List, approved by UN Security Council last week, adds Islamic State spokesman, Nusra Front financiers to Al-Qaida Sanctions List.

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Rebels from Al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, as they sit on a truck full of ammunition, at Taftanaz air base, captured by rebels in Idlib province, Syria, Jan. 11, 2013.Credit: AP
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The Turkish government has added six individuals to its blacklist, including the spokesman of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The decision is in line with the Al-Qaida Sanctions List, which the UN published in its official gazette on Sunday, Turkish website al-Hurriyet reported Monday. The UN established the committee responsible for the list pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1267 in 1999. The resolution obliges all states to freeze the assets of any members on the blacklist, to prevent blacklisted individuals entry or transit through their territory and to deny them from arms.

The latest list, which now comprises 218 individuals, includes Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, IS spokesman; Abdelrahman Mouhamad Zafir al-Dabidi al-Jahani, a Saudi commander for Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, who recruits foreigners for that group; Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh, a Saudi financier for Al-Qaida' Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi, a Kuwaiti financier for the Nusra Front; Hamid Hamad Hamid al-'Ali, a Kuwait-based financier, recruiter and facilitator for IS and the Nusra Front; and Said Arif, an Algerian member of the "Chechen Network" who was convicted in France in 2013 but escaped in 2013 and joined the Nusra Front.

The 15-member Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution to blacklist the six individuals, meant to weaken the Nusra Front specifically, on August 15.

The United States imposed sanctions on al-Charekh and al-'Ali on Friday. The U.S. Treasury called al-Charekh one of the Nusra Front's top strategists and stated that al-'Ali has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help Nusra Front purchase weapons and supplies, according to the Voice of America.

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