On 10 September, the US Treasury Department designated seven individuals and one business affiliated with Hamas under the Specially Designated Global Terrorist (“SDGT”) regime. The individuals were all accused of acting as major financiers for the Hamas regime. The business, Asyaf International Holding Group for Trading and Investment, is accused of being a front company for some of the designated individuals.
On 9 September, the US Treasury Department and the US State Department designated Abu Ubaydah Yusuf alAnabi as an SDGT. Al-Anabi is a member of the Islamic Maghreb through the Algerian al-Qa’ida. He is the leader of the former’s Council of Notables and serves as the broader organisation’s Media Chief. In 2013, he called for a worldwide armed conflict against French interests.
On 8 September, the US Treasury Department and the US State Department designated as SDGTs Yahya Sinwar, Rawhi Mushtaha, Muhammed Deif, and Samir Kuntar. Sinwar and Mushtaha, who were released from an Israeli prison in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange, co-founded the military wing of Hamas, Izzedine alQassam Brigades, and are said to be currently encouraging the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. Deif is a top commander in the Brigade, and is known for directing suicide bombers and orchestrating the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. He was also alleged to be the mastermind of Hamas’ offensive strategy during the 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas. Kuntar, who was also convicted in Israel for various violent crimes and released in a later prisoner swap, is alleged to be one of Hizballah’s most notable spokesman and is currently building Hizballah’s infrastructure in the Golan Heights.
On 25 August, the US Treasury Department and US State Department designated Abdul Aziz Haqqani as a SDGT. Haqqani is brother to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani Network. As a senior member of the Haqqani network, Haqqani has planned and carried out attacks against Afghan government targets and has taken wider responsibility for other Haqqani Network attacks.
On 25 August, the US Treasury Department removed Sajid Mohammed Badat, a dual U.K.-Pakistan citizen, from the Specially Designated Nationals List (“SDN List”). The US State Department had determined on 19 December 2005 that Badat posed a significant risk of performing acts of terrorism against the United States. Badat is known for being tasked to carry out a similar-styled attack as Richard Reid, the ‘shoe bomber’. Badat withdrew from the plan before its execution but was still later arrested. He was sentenced to prison but had his term reduced multiple times by agreeing to provide evidence to prosecutors. It is not immediately clear why Badat was removed.
On 3 September, the US Treasury Department removed the Greek terrorist organisation ‘17 November’ from the SDN List. The State Department concluded that the leftist group, which had orchestrated the murder of a Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Athens, is no longer a threat.