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Feds Name 12 Backers of Terrorism in Syria and Beyond

Treasury Department says the 11 individuals and one charity provided support to ISIS, al-Nusra in Syria, as well as to al Qaeda and affiliated groups.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday designated 11 men and one charity as supporters of terrorism, including eight individuals who allegedly have aided the radical Islamic groups ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.

In an announcement, Treasury said those named had worked “to send financial and material support and foreign terrorist fighters to Syria and elsewhere.”

The designation of “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” enables the U.S. to freeze financial assets and effectively cuts those added to the list from the U.S. financial system.

This undated image posted on a militant social media account, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, known by his nom de guerre Omar al-Shishani, climbing out of a Humvee. Al-Shishani, one of hundreds of Chechens who have been among the toughest jihadi fighters in Syria, has emerged as the face of ISIS, appearing frequently in its online videos,AP

Among those named Wednesday were two alleged ISIS officials: Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, also known as Omar al-Shishani, described by the U.S. as a Syrian-based Georgia national who has held numerous top military positions within ISIS and has led a number of attacks, and Tariq Bin-Al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-‘Awni Al-Harzi, who allegedly has worked to raise funds and recruit fighters for the Islamic terror group.

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Six others were identified as acting for or on behalf of al Qaeda, its Syrian affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, or other affiliated groups. They are: ‘Abd al-Aziz Aday Zimin al-Fadhil, a Kuwaiti; Ashraf Muhammad Yusuf ‘Uthman ‘Abd al-Salam; ‘Abd al-Malik Muhammad Yusuf ‘Uthman ‘Abd al-Salam, a Jordanian; Fatih Hasar, a resident of Turkey; Hamad Awad Dahi Sarhan al-Shammari; and Ibrahim ‘Isa Hajji Muhammad al-Bakr, who is believed to be living in tribal areas in Pakistan.

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The charity added to the list is the Hilal Ahmar Society Indonesia (HASI), the charitable wing of the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Jemaah Islamiya. The department said that HASI has used its cover as a charity to send multiple groups of terrorist fighters to Syria for military training since 2102 and has also raised and transferred funds to Jemaah Islamiya.

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— Mike Brunker