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UN Slaps Sanctions On Haqqani Network, Hours After U.S. Does Same

November 06, 2012

A UN committee has ordered global sanctions to be imposed on the militant Haqqani network, which operates in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Taliban sanctions committee ordered all 193 UN member states on November 5 to freeze the assets and institute an arms embargo against the radical, Al-Qaeda-linked group.

The committee ordered the same sanctions and a travel ban against Afghan-born Abdul Rauf Zakir, also known as Qari Zakir.

It charged that he oversees the Haqqani network's training of suicide bombers and provided instructions on bomb building.

The U.S. State Department earlier the same day announced a freeze on Zakir's assets and blocked all financial transactions with him.

It released a statement blaming Zakir for attacks on international forces in Afghanistan.

Based on AP and RFE/RL reporting


Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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