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Millions in al-Qaida Assets Stopped

Countries Have Seized or Frozen $147 Million in al-Qaida and Taliban Assets, U.S. Official Says. Countries have seized or frozen $147 million in assets belonging to 435 individuals and groups linked to al-Qaida or the Taliban, crimping terrorist cash flows, a U.S. Treasury official said. U.N. sanctions require all 191 U.N. member states to impose a travel ban and arms embargo against a list of those linked to Osama bin Laden’s terror network and the former Afghan rulers and to freeze their financial assets. The list currently includes 320 individuals and 115 groups. “We think it is now harder, costlier and riskier for al-Qaida to raise and move money,” Assistant Treasury Secretary Juan Zarate said Monday after briefing the U.N. Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions. “We’ve frozen now approximately $147 million in terrorist-related assets based on this process.” Full Story

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