Last Friday, the government of the United States of America imposed sanctions on 3 men who are from Southeast Asia. It says that the three were recruiters for the Islamic State and had appeared in a beheading video for the militant group.
The said action suspends their access to the financial system of the United States.
The move of the United States against Mohammad Reza Lahaman Kiram, a citizen of the Philippines, Mohamad Rafi Udin, a Malaysian national, and Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz, an Indonesian. It comes a day after the United Nations also imposed sanctions on the said men that subjected them to a freeze on their assets and a travel ban.
Kiram is believed to be fighting for IS in Syria as of January 2017. He appeared alongside Udin and Faiz in an IS propaganda video that showed them beheading three prisoners in 2016.
He was a member of a militant group that is based in the Philippines that pledged its alliance to IS. He was seen training recruits in 2014 prior to travelling to Syria together with his wife and daughter in 2015.
In a statement, Sigal Mandelker, an Undersecretary of the US Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said that the sanctions were “part of a coordinated effort to counter ISIS’s (Islamic State) global networks that enable the group to recruit foreign fighters to conduct international terrorist attacks.”
He added: “Treasury is targeting IS recruiters who have engaged in a beheading video and other brutal acts as part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia.”
With the blacklisting, the US Treasury Department said that all of their properties and interests in property that are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States are blocked and that US citizens will be generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Two of the three men were said to be involved in militant groups prior to joining the Islamic State and travelling to Syria. The Treasury Department said that the third, Faiz, had also been imprisoned in the Philippines for 9 years on charges of illegal possession of weapons and explosives.