US hits Saudi militant with sanctions

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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 11:58 AM
US hits Saudi militant with sanctions

The Obama administration has added a senior member of a Lebanese militant group to the list of global terrorists subject to U.S. sanctions.

The State Department says Saudi citizen Saleh al-Qarawi is a high-ranking operative for the Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Lebanon. The group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Japanese oil tanker last year and for several rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel.

The move freezes any assets held by al-Qarawi in the United States and bans Americans from doing business with him.

The department said that before moving to Lebanon, al-Qarawi fought American forces in Fallujah, Iraq, and worked alongside killed al-Qaida in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

It said al-Qarawi is wanted for extradition by Saudi Arabia for extremist activity.