US Sanctions Maldives-based ISIS, Al-Qaeda Supporters

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US Sanctions Maldives-based ISIS, Al-Qaeda Supporters

The United States has imposed sanctions on two Maldivian nationals for their alleged support of ISIS and al-Qaeda. The sanctions, which were announced on July 27, 2023, target Mohamed Hussain Shareef and Mohamed Thakurufaanu.

Shareef is accused of providing financial and logistical support to ISIS, while Thakurufaanu is accused of providing propaganda support to the group. The sanctions freeze any assets that the two men may have in the United States and prohibit Americans from doing business with them.

The sanctions are the latest in a series of measures that the United States has taken to counter terrorism in the Maldives. In 2019, the US designated the Maldives as a “Country of Particular Concern” for its failure to adequately combat terrorism. The Maldives has since taken some steps to improve its counterterrorism efforts, but the US government remains concerned about the threat of terrorism in the country.

The sanctions against Shareef and Thakurufaanu are a significant step in the US government’s efforts to counter terrorism in the Maldives. The sanctions will make it more difficult for the two men to operate and will send a message to others who may be considering supporting terrorist groups.

In addition to the sanctions, the US government is also working with the Maldives government to improve its counterterrorism capabilities. The US has provided training and assistance to the Maldives Coast Guard and the Maldives Police Service. The US is also working with the Maldives government to develop a counterterrorism strategy.

The sanctions against Shareef and Thakurufaanu are a sign that the US government is committed to working with the Maldives government to counter terrorism in the country. The sanctions will make it more difficult for terrorist groups to operate in the Maldives and will send a message to others who may be considering supporting these groups.

State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that the aim of these designations is to deter and disrupt financial and other forms of support for terrorist activities within the Maldives. FileUS slaps sanctions on ISIS, al-Qaeda supporters in Maldives | World News -  Hindustan TimesState Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said that the aim of these designations is to deter and disrupt financial and other forms of support for terrorist activities within the Maldives. File

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