MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – US authorities have imposed sanctions on two key members of the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra military groups, the US Department of the Treasury said on its website.
The sanctions were introduced against an IS representative, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, and a representative of the group Jabhat al-Nusra, Said Arif. The sanctions ban them from entering the United States, and freeze whatever assets they may own in the United States. US citizens and companies are prohibited from engaging in any kind of activity with them.
On August 16, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on these men and four other key figures in the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra. The UN resolution obliges all member countries to prevent the financing of terrorism, the recruitment of terrorists, the supplying of weapons to such organizations, and also warns that any economic activity in regions of Iraq and Syria that are controlled by the terrorists may lead to international sanctions.
The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), is a Sunni group that has been fighting in Syria against the country’s president, Bashar Assad; it launched its offensive in Iraq in June. Later that month, the radicals announced that they had established a caliphate on the territory they control, forcing hundreds of thousands, including ethnic and religious minorities, to flee.