June 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has designated as a terrorist an al-Qaida commander and fundraiser believed to be playing a major role in the group's powerful Yemen-based branch.
The State Department said Othman al-Ghamdi has worked with other members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to plan and stockpile weapons for attacks.
A statement said he identified himself in a video last year as an operational commander. He appeared alongside the group's military leader Qasim al-Rimi and operative Fahd al-Quso. Al-Quso is wanted in the 2000 USS Cole bombing.
The United Nations also included al-Ghamdi on a sanctions list Thursday. As a result, he is subject to an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo around the world.