Middle East

US blacklists Islamist militants in Iraq, Syria

A rebel fighter checks a launcher near the village of Kasab and the border crossing with Turkey March 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/Amr Radwan al-Homsi)

WASHINGTON: The United States targeted two Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria Monday, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) spokesman, following similar actions by the U.N. Security Council last week.

The move aims to weaken ISIS - an Al-Qaeda splinter group that has seized swath of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate - and Al-Qaeda's Syrian wing, Nusra Front.

The State Department said it was adding the two men, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani and Nusra Front member Said Arif, to its list of 'Specially Designated Global Terrorists." The label imposes a travel ban on them, and freezes any assets they may hold in the United States.

A parallel move from the U.S. Treasury Department also prohibits U.S. firms and people from dealing with the men.





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