Washington: President Donald Trump has intensified counter-terrorism actions on completion of 18 years for the barbaric terror attack on 9th September 2001 on the United States. On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced sanctions against Al Qaeda, Hamas, Iranian IRGC and Tehreek-E-Taliban Pakistan, from Pakistan. As per these sanctions, the chief of Tehreek, Noor Wali aka Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud has been designated as an international terrorist.
US State and Treasury department announced the new sanctions. This includes 15 terrorists and terror groups. “The United States has made efforts to make counter-terrorism actions more effective after the horrific 9/11 attacks. These take into account the consistently arising newer threats,” US Secretary of Treasure, Steve Mnuchin justified the new sanctions.
The sanctions declared by the United States have Zaher Jabarin, the Hamas operative in Turkey and the IRGC-Quds Force chief in Lebanon, Muhammed Said Izazi on the list. At the same time, sanctions have been imposed against the Al Qaeda operatives in Brazil and the IS terrorists in Afghanistan and the Philippines. Other than these, financial centres dealing with these people and even an ornament company in Turkey has been targeted by the US sanctions.
The sanctions against ‘Tehreek-E-Taliban Pakistan’, operating from Pakistan are considered to be important. This terrorist organisation is said to be a part of the Taliban, and it is proved that the organisation is involved in many terror attacks in Pakistan. Noor Wali aka Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud took over the reins of the organisation following the death of Mullah Fazalullah in 2018. It is the first time that sanctions have been imposed against this terrorist organisation. The United States has declared Noor Wali aka Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, as an international terrorist indicating it may take further action accordingly.
In his reaction, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the imposition of these sanctions is a very important phase of the counter-terrorism campaign initiated by the United States after the 9/11 attacks.