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US designates Haqqani figures 'global terrorists'

Washington: The United States on Wednesday named three members of the Haqqani network to its list of “specially designated global terrorists.”

The US Treasury said Saidullah Jan, Yahya Haqqani, and Muhammad Omar Zadran are key figures in the financial and support network of the Haqqani organisation, which the US has long labeled a terror group.

Jan has been a Haqqani commander in Afghanistan, a logistical coordinator and a link between the group and Al Qaeda, the Treasury said.

Yahya Haqqani is brother-in-law to Haqqani network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani and has stood in as group leader when others were absent, according to the Treasury.

He also at times allegedly serves as a liaison to Al Qaeda and a coordinator with the Afghan Taliban.

Afghan native Zadran has been a Haqqani commander in Afghanistan and has worked closely with Taliban militants there.

Designating the three as “global terrorists” results in any assets falling under US jurisdiction being frozen, and bans any Americans from doing business with them.

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