WASHINGTON: United States said on Tuesday that it has taken actions aimed at stemming the flow of funds and other aid to a commander of the militant Haqqani network which operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton designated commander Sangeen Zadran under an executive order signed by President George W. Bush in 2001 in a bid to block funds to suspected terrorists, the State Department said.
“As a result of the designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Sangeen has any interest is blocked and US persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him,” it added.
He is also blacklisted under the UN 1988 Sanctions Committee, which the State Department said requires all UN member states to enforce an assets freeze, a travel ban, and an arms embargo against Zadran.
“Zadran is the shadow governor for Paktika Province, Afghanistan and a commander of the Haqqani Network,” based in North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, it said.
Affiliated with the Taliban, the Haqqani network is considered the most dangerous enemy of US troops in eastern Afghanistan.
It was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani and is run by his son, Sirajuddin, both of them already designated “global terrorists” by Washington.
The network has been blamed for some of the deadliest anti-US attacks in Afghanistan, including a suicide attack at a US base in the eastern province of Khost in 2009 that killed seven CIA operatives.
“Zadran helps lead fighters in attacks across southeastern Afghanistan, and is believed to have planned and coordinated the movement of hundreds of foreign fighters into Afghanistan,” the State Department said.
It linked Zadran to many attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suspected him of having orchestrated the kidnappings of Afghans and foreign nationals in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.
Sangeen also acts as a senior lieutenant to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the State Department said.