U.S. designates Afghanistan's Qari Saifullah a global terrorist

Jan. 8, 2014 at 12:51 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The United States has designated Qari Saifullah, the Taliban's operational commander in Afghanistan's Zabul province, as a global terrorist.

The U.S. State Department's announcement on its website said the specially designated global terrorist order against Qari Saifullah, the Taliban's shadow deputy governor in Zabul, is part of its executive order targeting terrorists.

"As an operational commander, Qari Saifullah has used Taliban fighters to organize terrorist activities against the government of Afghanistan and (U.S.-led NATO coalition forces) in eastern Zabul province," the announcement said. He also directly ordered his subordinates to conduct improvised explosive device attacks, small arms fire attacks, and rocket attacks in Zabul province against the Afghan government.

The designation means U.S. nationals are prohibited from engaging in transactions with Qari Saifullah and the freezing of all his U.S. property and interests.

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