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More Terror Funding Blocked, Says O'Neill

Thursday, 10 January 2002 12:00 AM

O'Neill told reporters that all four entities were linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network.

The order targets the Afghan Support Committee and the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society. U.S. officials claim the Afghan Support Committee was established by bin Laden and has offices in Peshawar, Pakistan, and Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

The Revival of Islamic Heritage Society is a Kuwaiti-based non-governmental organization whose offices in Pakistan and Afghanistan are associated with the ASC. The department's action affects the society's offices in Pakistan and Afghanistan but not in Kuwait.

"Shutting down terrorists' access to money center nations is the key to preventing them from purchasing the tools of their evil," said O'Neill. "These are the choke points in the system, and they are the focus of our attention."

The two individuals named in the order are Abu Bakr A-Jaziri of Peshawar and Abd al-Mushin Al Libi. Abu Bakr A-Jaziri is the finance chief of the Afghan Support Committee and formerly bin Laden's chief fundraiser. Abd al-Mushin Al Libi runs the Pakistan office of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society and manages the Afghan Support Committee's office in Peshawar.

These individuals and organizations "have been stealing from widows and orphans to fund al-Qaeda terrorism," O'Neill said. "These bad actors will now be pariahs in the civilized world."

O'Neill lauded the cooperation of U.S. allies around the world in cutting off the money supply to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

"Canada and Luxembourg have blocked all the names we have blocked, and the United Kingdom has blocked all but a small handful. The same would be true for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority," he said.

He also cited the efforts of the United Arab Emirates and of Switzerland, which has blocked 30 suspected terrorist accounts containing $15 million since Sept. 11.

"Hard currency countries have been leading the charge in the international effort to destroy the financial infrastructure of terrorism," the treasury secretary said.

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