The United States placed a Belgian citizen and a Briton ISIS executioner on its global terrorism list on Tuesday, a designation that allows the government to impose sanctions and freeze assets and property.
The State Department said Siddhartha Dhar left the United Kingdom to join ISIS in Syria, where he replaced executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.” The second Muslim terrorist, Abdelatif Gaini, is a Belgian-Moroccan citizen believed to be in the Middle East, the department said.
Siddhartha Dhar was a leading member of now-defunct terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun.
In late 2014, Dhar left the United Kingdom to travel to Syria to join ISIS. He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.”
Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners ISIS accused of spying for the UK.
Abdelatif Gaini is a Belgian-Moroccan citizen believed to be an ISIS terrorist in the Middle East. Gaini is connected to UK-based ISIS sympathizers Mohamad Ali Ahmed and Humza Ali, who were convicted in the UK in 2016 of terrorism offenses.
Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Dhar and Gaini have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism.
Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist the law enforcement activities of U.S. agencies and other governments.