July 22nd, 2010
11:42 AM ET

U.S. Treasury adds Taliban leaders to sanctions list

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 “for supporting acts of terrorism” 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’s 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’s 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 “deprive these extremists of the resources they need to execute their violent activities."

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    In a public statement Hamid Karzai's own brother stated 'Hamid Karzai was known as The Taliban's Banker since 1980'. It appears beyond any doubt that Hamid Karzai has been on the CIA payroll since 1980 when they worked together with the Taliban in Pakistan to finance, equip and train the Taliban to fight against the Russian soldiers and the KGB installed President of Afghanistan. Seem's beyond irony that the Taliban removed the KGB installed President of Afghanistan shortly after Russia left Afghanistan, America's CIA installs Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's next President of Afghanistan.

    The Haqqani Clan was associated with the suicide bomber which successfully killed 7 CIA agents including some of the nefarious Shadow Government sub-contractors on their base in Afghanistan. The CIA is trying to extract revenge upon the Haqqani Clan over the loss of their CIA commander.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
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    August 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |