World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

U.S. Moves Against Philippines-Based Terror Group

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 16, 2008

Designation of the Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM) and Ahmad (Ahmed) Santos

On June 4, 2008, the United Nations Security Council added the Philippines-based Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM) and eight of its members to the UN 1267 Committee’s Consolidated List of individuals and entities affiliated with al-Qaida (AQ), the Taliban, or Usama Bin Ladin (UBL). To implement this UN action, on June 16, 2008 the Department of State designated RSM and its leader, Ahmad (Ahmed) Santos, under E.O. 13224 as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Seven additional RSM operatives have also been designated under Executive Order 13224 by the Treasury Department. RSM has received training, funds, and operational assistance from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Jemaah Islamiya, two designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, which are also included on the UN 1267 list.

The RSM, a Philippines-based extremist group, was established by Ahmad Santos in January 2002. Santos, has been involved in the planning of bombings against Philippine and non-Philippine civilians and the stockpiling of weapons to conduct those operations. RSM has assisted with terrorist plots of the ASG in Manila and in the northern Philippines. In February 2004, RSM members were involved in ASG’s bombing of Super Ferry 14, resulting in the loss of an estimated 116 lives, the worst act of maritime terrorism in recent history. RSM members were also involved in the February 2005 Valentine’s Day bombings in the Philippine cities of Manila, General Santos and Davao as well as several plots to bomb high profile targets, including Manila public utilities, tourist areas, and the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

All UN member states are obligated to freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of listed individuals and entities included on the 1267 Committee’s Consolidated List and to apply other sanctions (travel ban and arms embargo). The United States implements its asset freeze through E.O. 13224, which blocks all property, and interests in property, of the designees that are in the United States, or come within the United States, or the control of U.S. persons.

2008/493
Released on June 16, 2008

ENDS

Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC