The United States has placed Daesh (ISIL) branches in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Yemen on its global terrorism blacklist.
Washington on Thursday categorized the three branches as a “foreign terrorist organization,” meaning that sanctions and penalties will apply to them and those supporting them.
The State Department said the ISIL branches appeared in November 2014 when their terror ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi invited oaths of allegiance from militants in Libya, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
The department noted although Daesh’s presence in each country “is limited to specific geographic locations,” their affiliates have already conducted many deadly attacks in those nations.
Daesh has previously claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in Yemen in March 2015 on two mosques in the capital Sana’a, where more than 120 people were killed.
It also claimed attacks on mosques in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the US Treasury Department has announced sanctions against six men for providing ‘financial support’ to terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front and ISIL, according to AFP.
The sanctions target “financiers and facilitators responsible for moving money, weapons and people on behalf of these terrorist organizations,” said Adam Szubin, the Treasury’s acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
Daesh terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control parts of the country and also overran neighboring Iraq in 2014.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh terrorists launched an offensive in those regions last June, and took control of portions of the Iraqi territory.
The militants have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Since September 2014, the US along with some of its allies has been conducting air raids against what are said to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or the United Nations.
The air assaults in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against purported Daesh positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014.
This is while many critics including Iraqi officials have time and time again questioned the efficacy of these airstrikes.