STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

In a first, US sanctions ISIS leaders involved in chemical weapons development

The new sanctions, which would bar access to any property or interests under the U.S. jurisdiction, target  two ISIS leaders involved in the development of chemical weapons, according to officials.

Published: 13th June 2017 09:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2017 09:03 AM   |  A+A-

ISIS

Image used for representational purpose only

By ANI

WASHINGTON D.C. : The United States has announced sanctions on two Islamic State (IS) chemical weapons experts, in the first such effort to specifically target the terrorist group's chemical weapons leadership.
 
The new sanctions, which would bar access to any property or interests under the U.S. jurisdiction, target Attallah Salman 'Abd Kafi al-Jaburi and Marwan Ibrahim Hussayn Tah al-Azawi, two ISIS leaders involved in the development of chemical weapons, according to a State and Treasury Department’s statement on Monday.
 
Al-Jaburi was a senior ISIS leader, who oversaw some of the terror group's improvised explosive device factories while also being involved in the development of chemical weapons in Iraq, according to the statement.

A member of the al-Qaeda since 2003, al-Jaburi received chemical weapons training in Syria before returning to Iraq in 2015, the statement said.

It added that al-Azawi is involved in the ISIS' development of chemical weapons for use in the ongoing combat against the Iraqi security forces.

"Today's actions mark the first designations targetting individuals involved in the ISIS' chemical weapons development. Defeating the ISIS is a top priority of this administration, and today's action highlights why this group must be defeated," the statement quoted Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control's director, John E. Smith, as saying.
 
CNN reported that according to military officials, there have been more than 15 chemical weapons attacks since April 14 in or around West Mosul, a stronghold of the ISIS in Iraq. 

Military officials have downplayed the effectiveness of ISIS' chemical weapons, saying they have less battlefield effect than conventional explosives.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp