Al-Qaida leader's assets to be frozen

Dec. 10, 2007 at 3:44 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The U. S. Treasury Department said that it will freeze the assets of North African al-Qaida network chief Abdul Malek Droukdel.

Droukdel has been identified as the commander of the new al-Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, the Med Basin Newsline reported Monday.

"As emir of AQIM, Droukdel has supervised and ordered deadly terrorist attacks against innocents," said Adam Szubin, director of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control Investigations in Washington.

The Treasury has not targeted an Algerian insurgency commander for quite some time, added MBNL. Officials said the 37-year-old terror leader used at least 47 aliases in efforts to avoid capture by Algeria.

Officials admit that the sanctions will most likely not have any immediate impact on Droukdel, since it is unlikely that he holds any major bank accounts in the United States.

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