20.10.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia
The U.S. government on Monday announced new sanctions on fourteen individuals for financial facilitation and recruitment including six individuals that the U.S. claims are part of a weapons smuggling ring for Al-Shabab under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorist groups and facilitators.
The six individuals named by the U.S. Treasury department include Hassan Afgooye, Abdirahman Nurey, Khalif Adale, Abdikarim Hussein Gagaale and Abdi Samad. Additionally, Mohamed Hussein Salad, Suleiman Mataan, Ahmed Hassan Ali and Mohamed Ali Badaas have also been sanctioned under the same Executive Order, accused of being part of an Al-Shabab weapons smuggling ring based in war-torn Yemen. Lastly, U.S. State Department designated five more individuals who hold leadership roles within al Shabaab: Mohamed Mire, Yasir Jiis, Yusuf Ahmed Hajji Nurow, Mustafa Aato, and Mohamoud Abdi Aden, again under the same executive order.
Somali Government Reaction
The Somali government has welcomed the decision by the U.S. government to impose sanctions on Al-Shabab affiliated persons.
The government elaborated that the action taken by Washington was a culmination of joint investigations led by Mogadishu and Washington respectively.
The decision taken by the US government also coincides with the recent warning issued by the Federal Government to financiers of Al-Shabab that their businesses would be closed down.
This comes at a time where the President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud declared a “all-out war” against Al-Shabab militants as SNA forces alongside local clans known as ‘Macawisley‘ have liberated large swathes of territories in the Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle regions of Hirshabelle State.
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