Thursday, June 16, 2011

US declares al-Qaida fundraiser a global terrorist

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.

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