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Al-Harbi Designated A Terrorist

U.S. troops and Afghan security force arrive at the site of a suicide car bomb attack in Kandahar province. (file) Al-Harbi coordinates those who fight Coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Top trainer of foreign al-Qaida militants coordinates foreign fighters with the intent of fighting against Coalition forces in Afghanistan.

From time to time, the United States identifies certain individuals as crucial to the operation of terrorist organizations. Most often these are top leaders or they help finance terrorist organizations. In all cases, these are people who have committed, or are deemed to pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism.

When such an individual is identified, the U.S. Government places that person's name on the Specially Designated Nationals List. His assets within U.S. reach are immediately frozen, and he is locked out of the global financial network. No U.S. citizen or company may conduct business with a designated individual. In this way, the United States disrupts financial support networks for terrorists and terrorist organizations.

The United States Department of State has identified Azzam Abdullah Zureik Al-Maulid Al-Subhi, better known as Mansur al-Harbi, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Mansur al-Harbi is a trainer and senior member of al-Qa’ida, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Mansur al-Harbi is a Saudi-born militant who travelled to Afghanistan more than a decade ago to join al-Qa’ida. He is thought to be a top trainer of foreign al-Qaida militants in camps in Afghanistan, and coordinates foreign fighters who travel to Afghanistan with the intent of fighting against Coalition forces there. He is tied to numerous senior al-Qa’ida leaders, including Abdel Aziz Migrin and Sayf al-Adl.

For his terrorist activities as well as his involvement with al-Qa’ida, Mansur al-Harbi is wanted for extradition by the government of Saudi Arabia. For the same reasons, he is also the subject of Interpol Orange and Red Notices. An Orange notice serves as a warning about potential threats from disguised weapons, parcel bombs, or other dangerous materials. A Red notice requests the arrest of the individual concerned, with the intent of extraditing him to the country that issued warrants against him.

Mansur al-Harbi has demonstrated his commitment to violence. This designation is intended to disrupt his ability to support the deadly agendas of al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups with which he collaborates.