Washington - The United States designated, on Tuesday, Syria-based "Jund Al-Aqsa" (JAA), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity, said the Department of State in a statement.
Washington – The United States designated, on Tuesday, Syria-based “Jund Al-Aqsa” (JAA), as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity, said the Department of State in a statement.
The Department of State has made this designation under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, it said. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which JAA has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with JAA, it added.
Jund al-Aqsa is a terrorist group in Northern Syria that primarily operates in Idlib and Hama provinces. Formed in 2012 as a subunit of al-Qa’ida’s affiliate in Syria, al-Nusrah Front (ANF) In March 2015, JAA launched two suicide bombings at checkpoints on the outskirts of Idlib. JAA also carried out the February 2014 massacre in the village of Maan in central Hama province, killing 40 civilians.