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Biden administration bans 5 al-Qaeda supporters in Turkey

September 17 (WNN) — The Biden administration has imposed sanctions against five al-Qaeda supporters in Turkey who have provided financial and travel aid to the terrorist organization.

In a statement on Thursday, the Treasury approved Majdi Salim, Muhammad Nasr al-Din al-Ghazlani, Nuretin Muslihan, Sebrel Guzel and Soner Guerlain under an executive order signed by then-President George Bush in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Gave. Stop the financial resources funding terrorist activities.

“These targeted sanctions highlight the United States’ unwavering commitment to ending financial aid to al-Qaeda,” said Andrea Gacci, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control. “We will continue to work with our foreign partners, including Turkey, to expose and disrupt al-Qaeda’s financial support network.”

The federal agency said Salim, a Turkish-born lawyer, was the primary facilitator of many activities for the terrorist group in his adopted country, where he worked as a financial courier within al-Qaeda’s home network.

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Al-Ghazlani, an Egyptian national, was also named by the Treasury as an “experienced” facilitator for al-Qaeda in Turkey and who provided funds on behalf of the terrorist organization to the families of imprisoned members.

Muslihan, a Turkish national, was accused of working to establish communications with al-Qaeda extremists and aided by Guzel, also a Turkish national.

The federal agency said that Turkish national Gurleen acted as a financial facilitator and provided an al-Qaeda member with travel assistance.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed Thursday that the United States would continue to work with allies to identify, expose and disrupt the terrorist organization’s support networks.

“The United States will never forget the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks and other al-Qaeda conspiracies around the world,” he said in a separate statement. “We will continue to target those who seek to harm the United States, our citizens, and our interests.”


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