On 18 December 2014, the US State Department announced the designations of Ajnad Misr, a group based in Egypt, and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, an individual, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (“SDGT”) under E.O. 13224.

According to the State Department, Ajnad Misr is a violent extremist group that formed in January 2014 from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a designated foreign terrorist organisation and Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity.  Ajnad Misr has since claimed numerous attacks on Egyptian security forces at government buildings, public spaces and universities.

Ibrahim al-Rubaysh is described as a senior leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (“AQAP”), and the State Department states that he serves as a senior advisor to AQAP for operational planning and, as a senior sharia official of AQAP, provides justification for attacks by AQAP. Since October 2014, the  United States has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and   conviction of Mr al-Rubaysh.