US targets 5 al-Qaida operatives in Turkey with sanctions – KXAN Austin

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Posted: 09/16/2021 / 1:35 PM CDT
Updated: September 16, 2021 / 1:45 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday announced sanctions against five men in Turkey suspected of providing financial services and travel assistance to al-Qaeda.

The five are a mix of Turkish and Egyptian nationals who the Treasury Department said were senior members of the organization that launched the Sept.

The Treasury Department’s designation of the men freezes any assets they have under US jurisdiction and excludes them from much of the global financial system. It is part of a longstanding campaign against the support network for al-Qaeda.

The US is working with Turkey and other allies to “expose and disrupt the organization’s support networks,” said Andrea Gacki, director of the Treasury Department’s Foreign Assets Control Office, when announcing the move.

Among those named is Majdi Salim, an Egypt-born lawyer who the agency said is one of the main facilitators of al-Qaeda activities in Turkey. The US said he was the former leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad after taking on that role from Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri.

The others have been identified as Muhammad Nasr al-Din al-Ghazlani, an Egyptian citizen; Nurettin Muslihan, Turkish citizen; Cebrail Guzel, Turkish citizen; and Soner Gurleyen, a Turkish national.

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