WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Thursday added three senior members of the Islamic State group to a terrorism blacklist, including the group’s leader and chief recruiter in India and a recruiter for attackers that two deadly attacks in Europe.
The State Department and Treasury said the trio have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that pose a threat to Americans or AMERICAN national interests. The move, to be added to a list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist, freezing all assets in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with them.
The authorities in France and Belgium, have identified one of the men, Oussama Atar, as the organizer of both the January 2015 attack in Paris, and in March 2016 attack in Brussels, which together killed 162 people. The Belgian-Moroccan national believed to have played a major role in the creation of the cell that is the fault of the two strikes.
The designation also applies to Muhammad Armar, who is identified as a leader and head recruiter for the Islamic State in India. The State Department said: Armar has recruited dozens of IS supporters in India who are plotting attacks, acquire weapons and scouting locations for a training camp.
The third man added to the list is Mohammed Al Binali, from Bahrain, who has appeared in numerous propaganda videos to encourage fellow Bahrainis, in particular, police and soldiers, to be a member of the Islamic State, according to the State Department.