IS Member Behind Paris, Brussels Attacks Added to US Terrorist List

Claudine Rigal
Août 19, 2017

The US today designated two top Islamic State leaders, one of whom involved in the deadly 2015 Paris and 2016 Brussels attacks, as "global terrorists" as they pose a significant risk to America.

"The designation also means all of Alkhald's and al-Iraqi's property in the U.S.is blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them".

"Alkhald is a bomb-maker responsible for the deaths of numerous civilians in Europe, " the State Department said. Alkhald travelled to Europe where he helped plan the Paris attacks and manufacture the explosive belts used in that plot, which killed and injured hundreds of people, including a number of Americans.

He returned to Syria shortly before the Paris attack.

Alkhald provided suicide vests and explosives expertise before the November 13, 2015 attacks on a Paris concert, bars and football crowd that left 130 dead. Alkhald is wanted internationally and a European warrant for his arrest has been issued.

In the same announcement, the State Department blacklisted Abu Yahya al-Iraqi - also known as Iyad Hamed Mahl al-Jumaily - whom it said was a senior lieutenant of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

On the other hand, Al-Iraqi has reportedly played a key role in security for Al-Baghdadi and oversees ISIS security in Iraq and Syria, the State Department said.

The designation "notifies the USA public and the worldwide community that Alkhald and al-Iraqi have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism", the State Department said. Individuals designated as SDGTs are believed to pose a threat to US national security by committing acts of terrorism.

The State Department has placed 272 individuals from different terrorist entities on the designation list, including 20 IS leaders and operatives.

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