Tag Archives: Department of State

State Department Terrorist Designations Of Siddhartha Dhar And Abdelatif Gaini

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Department of State has designated two ISIS members, Siddhartha Dhar and Abdelatif Gaini, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. These designations seek to deny Dhar and Gaini the resources they need to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Dhar’s and Gaini’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

Siddhartha Dhar was a leading member of now-defunct terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun. In late 2014, Dhar left the United Kingdom to travel to Syria to join ISIS. He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.” Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners ISIS accused of spying for the UK.

Abdelatif Gaini is a Belgian-Moroccan citizen believed to be fighting for ISIS in the Middle East. Gaini is connected to UK-based ISIS sympathizers Mohamad Ali Ahmed and Humza Ali, who were convicted in the UK in 2016 of terrorism offenses.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Dhar and Gaini have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/index.htm.

State Department Terrorist Designation Of Khalid Batarfi

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The Department of State has designated al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Khalid Batarfi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. This designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfi’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

Khalid Batarfi is a senior member in AQAP, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT. Batarfi was the top commander for AQAP in Abyan Governate, Yemen, and was a former member of AQAP’s shura council. In April 2015, Batarfi was released from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Khalid Batarfi has committed or poses a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Terrorist designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: https://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/index.htm.

U.S.-Canada High-Level Policy Review Group Meets In Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and Canadian Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Political Affairs Mark Gwozdecky co-chaired the eleventh U.S.-Canada High-Level Policy Review Group on January 19, in Washington, D.C. The Review Group, which last met in Ottawa on June 1, 2017, discussed a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues on which the United States and Canada cooperate.

The United States welcomes the opportunity to further enhance cooperation and collaboration through the High-Level Policy Review Group. Such meetings advance the United States’ and Canada’s common objectives around the world. The United States looks forward to further strengthening the relationship between the United States and Canada through global partnership.

For further information, please email WHAPress@state.gov.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For South And Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Travels To India

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells will travel to New Delhi, India, January 17-18. She will participate in the Raisina Dialogue conference on global issues, hosted by the Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Government of India. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Wells will also meet with Indian government officials and members of the U.S. business community.

For further information, please follow her activities @State_SCA or contact SCA-Press@state.gov.

2018 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp Applications Open

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP), has opened the application process for the 2018 WiSci (Women in Science) STEAM Camp, which will be held in Windhoek, Namibia at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). The application is open to high school girls ages 15-18 in Namibia, Swaziland, Kenya, Ethiopia, and the United States. A public-private partnership designed to expand STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics) exposure and opportunities for adolescent girls, this year’s camp will take place June 17-June 28.

The 2018 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp is led by the U.S. Department of State alongside partners Girl Up Campaign, the Intel Corporation, Google, NASA, World Learning, and others.

Applications are being accepted online at www.girlup.org/wisci/apply. The deadline to submit applications is February 16, 2018.

Full criteria and application instructions can be found on www.girlup.org/wisci/apply.

For additional information, please contact S/GP at partnerships@state.gov or visit http://www.state.gov/s/partnerships.

For media inquiries, please contact Anita Ostrovsky at OstrovskyA@state.gov.

Follow @GPatState, #WiSci2018 on Twitter or S/GP on Facebook for updates.

« Older Entries