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Islamic extremists on a sanctions list

The UN Security Council on Friday added the names of six Islamic extremists to a sanctions list, citing their alleged ties to the so-called Islamic State or its rival the Al-Nusra Front.

Abdelrahman Muhamad Zafir al Jahani, Al-Qaeda envoy to Syria

One of Saudi Arabia's most wanted men, Abdelrahman Mouhamad Zafir al Dabidi al Jahani traveled to Syria in mid-2013 as a senior al-Qaeda leader offering support to jihadists. According to US officials, he was named as part of a group seeking to reconcile extremists from the Al-Nusra Front and ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He is listed for "participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities" by the Al-Nusra Front in Syria.

Hajjaj Bin Fahd Al Ajmi - Al-Nusra financier

A Kuwaiti national already targeted by US sanctions, Hajjaj bin Fahd al Ajmi has been described as a funnel for financial aid to Al-Nusra in Syria. He is said to travel regularly to Syria from Kuwait to deliver money and installed Kuwaiti nationals in Al-Nusra leadership positions.

Abu Mohammed al Adnani - ISIS spokesman

As spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Adnani proclaimed the caliphate on June 29 and announced that it would be known simply as the Islamic State. He has also called on followers to take Baghdad in video recordings.

His real name is thought to be Taha Sobhi Falaha, born in 1977 in Banash, a village in near the Syrian city of Aleppo. He was first the spokesman of ISIS and was later appointed an emir.

Said Arif, recruiter for Syria's battlefields

Algerian-born Said Arif is said to be a leader in the recruitment of foreign fighters -- many from France -- to Syria. He was arrested in Damascus in 2003 and sent to France to face trial for terrorism-related crimes. He was convicted in 2007 but managed to flee in October 2012 while under house arrest in France. He is listed for his ties to Al-Nusra.

Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Sharekh, Al-Qaeda's man in Syria

A Saudi national, Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Sharekh is better know as Sanafi al Nasr and is allegedly the head of Al-Qaeda operations in Syria, with connections to Pakistan. He is listed for his involvement with the Al-Nusra Front in Syria.

Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali, Al-Nusra financier


Based in Kuwait, Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali has collected large donations from Kuwait to support Al-Nusra in Syria, most notably for purchases of arms and equipment. He also arranged travel for a number of foreign fighters to Syria.

[AFP]

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