The United States has designated Mansur al-Harbi, a trainer and senior member of al Qaeda, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
Originally called Azzam Abdullah Zureik Al-Maulid Al-Subhi, Mansur al-Harbi is a Saudi citizen currently wanted for extradition by Saudi Arabia for participating in terrorist activities and for his ties to al Qaeda.
The Kingdom included al-Harbi on its most wanted terrorist list. According to the Saudi Interior Ministry, he is accused of working at a training camp in Afghanistan and is tied to numerous senior al Qaeda leaders including Abdel Aziz Migrin and Sayf al-Adl.
Al-Harbi is the subject of Interpol Red and Orange Notices because of his membership in al Qaeda and his involvement in terrorist activity.
Mansur al-Harbi traveled to Afghanistan more than a decade ago to join al Qaeda. He is responsible for training militants and for the coordination of foreign fighters who travel to Afghanistan to fight against coalition forces. As a result of his key training position, al-Harbi is closely connected to many senior al Qaeda leaders.
The designation under Executive Order 13224 blocks all of Mansur al-Harbi's property interests subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with or for the benefit of al-Harbi, the U.S. State Department said in a press release. The action taken against this individual demonstrates the United States' resolve in eliminating al Qaeda's ability to execute violent attacks. The State Department said it took this action in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury.
by RTT Staff Writer
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