U.S. sanctions two Yemenis, charity tied to al Qaeda in Yemen

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From Reuters:

“The United States imposed sanctions on two Yemeni men and a Yemen-based charity on Wednesday as part of its ongoing efforts to disrupt the financial and support networks of the Islamist militant group al Qaeda’s powerful Yemen branch, the U.S. Treasury said.

The Treasury added Al-Hasan Ali Ali Abkar, Abdallah Faysal Sadiq al-Ahdal and the Rahmah Charitable Organization to its list of specially designated nationals and entities that support or engage in terrorism. It said the Rahmah Charitable Organization acted as a “front organization” for the group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

“The facilitators and front company designated today are responsible for supporting AQAP’s violent terrorist activities,” John Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement.

The department’s action prohibits U.S. citizens from engaging in any transactions with the two men and the charity and blocks any property they may have in U.S. jurisdictions.”

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