US places 3 Daesh Terrorists on sanctions blacklist

US places 3 Daesh Terrorists on sanctions blacklist

WASHINGTON: The US Treasury on Friday placed three men it said were part of Daesh's global financial network on its sanctions blacklist, as it seeks to shut down the flow of funds to the group.

The Treasury said Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar of the Philippines, Yunus Emre Sakarya of Turkey, and Mohamed Mire Ali Yusuf of Somalia all provided financial, material or technological support for Daesh.

Abubakar is alleged to have been instrumental in getting funds to the Daesh network in the Philippines in 2016 and 2017, handling transfers fromDaesh outside the country. He also helped the group obtain weapons and explosives, the Treasury said.

Abubakar was arrested by Filipino authorities last September after he flew into Manila from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The Treasury said Sakarya supplied Daesh with materials for drones from his Turkey-based company, Profesyoneller Elektronik. The company handled some $500,000 worth of orders for unmanned aerial vehicles and related equipment in 2016, it said.

Mire Ali livestock trading business Liibaan Trading "served as a front for Daesh-aligned groups in the Bari region of Somalia," the Treasury said.