US hits Haqqani network commander with sanctions

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Posted: May 11, 2011 10:39 AM
US hits Haqqani network commander with sanctions

The Obama administration is expanding sanctions against leaders of the Haqqani network of insurgents that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, blacklisting a son of the group's founder who is believed responsible for kidnappings and organizing high-profile attacks.

The State and Treasury departments said Wednesday that they had added Badruddin Haqqani to their list of "specially designated global terrorists," a step that will freeze any assets he may have in U.S. jurisdictions. It also bars Americans from doing business with him or for his benefit. Haqqani joins his father and two brothers on the list.

The State Department says the step will help stem the flow of financial assistance to a dangerous individual.