US lists DAESH branch Khorasan as terrorist organisation

US Department of State announces that it has listed Khorasan branch of DAESH as foreign terrorist organisation

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A general exterior view of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington, June 24, 2011

Updated Jan 15, 2016

US Department of State has announced that the Khorasan branch of DAESH has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in consultation with the Departments of Justice and the Treasury.

A statement released by the US State Department on its official website said “The consequences of the FTO designation include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to this organisation.”

“The imposition of sanctions by the United States against terrorists is an important element of our counterterrorism efforts,“ the statement continued.

The decision came after DAESH’s Khorasan branch claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Pakistani consulate in Afghan city of Jalalabad, in which three attackers and at least seven members of Afghan security forces died.

Khorasan was formed by the former members of Afghan and Pakistani Taliban on January 10, 2015, and has pledged allegiance to DAESH leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

The group operates mainly in eastern Afghanistan, carrying out suicide bombings, armed attacks and kidnappings.

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