US hits Haqqani commander with terror sanctions

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Posted: Nov 01, 2011 9:57 AM
US hits Haqqani commander with terror sanctions

The Obama administration is adding a top commander of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network to one its main terrorism blacklists.

The move by the State Department on Tuesday identifies Haqqani commander Mali Khan as a specially designated global terrorist and freezes any assets or property he may have in U.S. jurisdictions. More importantly, it bars Americans from providing Khan with any material support. The department said Khan commanded hundreds of fighters who have committed numerous high-profile terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and that one of his deputies supported suicide bombers that hit Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel in June, killing 12 people.

Khan was captured in September but the department said his blacklisting strengthens U.S. abilities to target the Haqqani network.