On 24 September 2014, the US Treasury Department designated eleven individuals and one entity as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (“SDGT”). The designations were made in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014), which requires states to prevent the travel of foreign terrorist fighters to and from conflict zones. According to the Treasury Department, the eleven designated individuals have provided support to and worked with a range of terrorist organisations, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (“ISIL”), al Nusrah Front, Al Qaida and its affiliates and Jemaah Islamiya, as well as assisted foreign terrorist fighters to enter Syria and elsewhere. The Treasury Department also designated Hilal Ahmar Society Indonesia (“HASI”), ostensibly Jemaah Islamiya’s humanitarian arm, stating that HASI has engaged in efforts to recruit fighters for deployment in Syria as well as support senior Jemaah Islamiya officials’ travel to Syria.
On 30 September 2014, the US Treasury Department targeted two Pakistan-based terrorist organisations by designating three individuals and two entities as SDGTs. According to the Treasury Department, Fazl-ur Rehman Khalil is the leader of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (“HUM”), a group that has been designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (“FTO”) for its alleged attacks in Kashmir, India, and its maintenance of terrorist training camps. The Treasury Department also designated two alleged members of Lashkar-e Tayyiba (“LT”), Muhammad Naeem Sheikh and Umair Naeem Sheikh, for providing funding and financial support to LT, itself designated as an SDGT and FTO. Additionally, two companies based in Lahore, Pakistan, were designated as SDGTs: Abdul Hameed Shahab-Ud-Din, a textile, leather and shoe manufacturing and export company owned by Muhammad Naeem Sheikh, and Nia International, a chemical products company controlled by Umair Naeem Sheikh.