The U.S. Treasury Department has added three prominent members of the Taliban and its affiliate the Haqqani Network to a list that prohibits any financial transactions with them by US citizens.
Those targeted ‚Äúfor supporting acts of terrorism‚ÄĚ are Gul Agha Ishakzai, the head of the Taliban's financial commission; Amir Abdullah, former treasurer to senior Taliban leader Mullah Baradar; and Nasiruddin Haqqani.
The Haqqani Network is based in Waziristan, one of Pakistan‚Äôs remote tribal areas, and has recently been identified by US officials as one of the most effective and dangerous insurgent groups. It is led by Nasiruddin Haqqani‚Äôs brother and has been blamed for several bomb attacks in Kabul in the last year. The Treasury Department says Nasiruddin has made several trips to the United Arab Emirates to raise money for the Taliban.
US officials say Gul Agha Ishakzai is the head of the Taliban's financial commission and belongs to a council in Baluchistan, Pakistan that coordinates the collection of money. He is thought to be a close adviser to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.
According to a United Nations list, Amir Abdullah has traveled to the Gulf and Libya raising funds for the Taliban.
has served as treasurer to senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Berader and was the former deputy to the Taliban governor of Kandahar Province.
A Treasury statement said the designation of the three men was designed to ‚Äúdeprive these extremists of the resources they need to execute their violent activities."