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US Designates Indonesia's JAT As Terrorist Organization

The U.S. State Department on Thursday designated Indonesia-based Jemmah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

JAT is responsible for multiple coordinated attacks against innocent civilians, police, and military personnel in Indonesia.

Separately, the Treasury Department designated three JAT leaders as Global Terrorists. They are JAT's acting Emir Mochammad Achwan, JAT spokesperson Son Hadi bin Muhadjir, and JAT leadership figure Abdul Rosyid Ridho Ba'asyir, involved in recruiting and fund-raising activities.

JAT has carried out numerous attacks on Indonesian government personnel and civilians in order to achieve the goal of establishing an Islamic Caliphate in Indonesia. JAT founder-leader Abu Bakar Ba'asyir was convicted and sentenced to prison in 2011 for his role in organizing a militant training camp in Aceh.

JAT has conducted multiple attacks targeting civilians and Indonesian officials, resulting in the deaths of several Indonesian policemen. It has robbed banks and carried out other illegal activities to fund the purchase of assault weapons, pistols, and bomb-making materials.

"These designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to abandon terrorism," the State Department said in a statement.

Consequently, the United States prohibited providing material support or resources to, or engaging in other transactions with JAT. It also froze all the organization's property and interests in the United States, or that come from within the United States, or the control of U.S. persons.

The State Department took the action in consultation with Justice and Treasury Departments.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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