US sanctions 2 ISIS terrorists over chemical weapons used in Iraq
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 13-Jun-2017

Washington, June 13: The United States have always remained strict over the use of chemical weapons during the war or in a proxy war. However, the chemical weapons are amongst most dangerous weapons which affect others in an extreme manner. Notably, United States has rolled out new sanctions against two individuals suspected of overseeing the financing, manufacturing and distribution of chemical weapons for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).


The Treasury Department announced that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Monday sanctioned against two individuals named as Marwan Ibrahim Hussayn Tah al-Azawi and Attallah Salman suspected of overseeing the financing, manufacturing and distribution of chemical weapons for IS.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in a statement said that the action is aiming an ISIS leader, Attallah Salman 'Abd Kafi al-Jaburi (al-Jaburi), pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. 

The statement also said the State Department has identified Marwan Ibrahim Hussayn Tah al-Azawi as "an Iraqi ISIS leader connected to ISIS' development of chemical weapons," which the hard-line Sunni Muslim militants have used against the Iraqi military and its allies, including U.S. soldiers.

"Today's actions mark the first designations targeting individuals involved in ISIS' chemical weapons development," said OFAC Director John E. Smith.  "Defeating ISIS is a top priority of this Administration, and today's action highlights why this group must be defeated.  The Department of the Treasury condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons by any actor, and will leverage all available tools to target those complicit in their development, proliferation, or use."

Interestingly, Al-Jaburi is an Iraq-based, ISIS senior leader in charge of factories producing improvised explosive devices (IEDs), vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), and explosives, and he is involved in the development of chemical weapons.  

Al-Jaburi is reported to have joined al-Qa'ida in 2003, where he received his knowledge and expertise in developing and fabricating IEDs.  Al-Jaburi also became an expert in making weapons, received training in chemical weapons in Syria, and later returned to Iraq in 2015.

However, ISIS poses a direct security threat to the interests of the United States and the international community, and today's designation emphasizes the United States' ongoing efforts to combat ISIS' lethal weapons capabilities, including chemical weapons.