On 18 December 2013, the US Department of the Treasury designated two individuals based in Qatar and Yemen under the Global Terrorism sanctions program. According to the US government, the individuals are terrorist financiers who have provided funds to al- Qa’ida, Asbat al-Ansar, al-Qa’ida in Iraq, al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, and have served as interlocutors between terrorist groups and conduits for broadcast materials to reach media outlets.

On 7 January 2014, the US designated Qari Saifullah, described as a Taliban shadow deputy governor and an operational commander in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, under the Global Terrorism Sanctions Program. According to the US, Mr. Saifullah has directly ordered his subordinates to conduct improvised explosive device, suicide and other attacks, targeting the Government of Afghanistan and coalition forces.

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