From time to time, the United States identifies certain individuals as crucial to the operation of terrorist organizations. These are usually top leaders, or they help finance terrorist organizations. In all cases, they 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. In this way, the United States disrupts financial support networks for terrorists and terrorist organizations.
The Department of the Treasury designated 8 leaders of the Lashkar-e Tayyiba, or LET, a Pakistan-based terrorist group with ties to the Taliban, the Haqqani Taliban Network, and al-Qa’ida.
Sajjid Mir is a senior commander in charge of LET's external operations who planned and directed various terrorist attacks on behalf of the group.
Abdullah Mujahid serves as LET's senior paramilitary commander for Afghanistan.
Ahmed Yaqub is the head of LET's maritime program. He serves as the chief accountant for LET operational activity, and is responsible for funding LET's networks outside of Pakistan.
Hafiz Khalid Walid, LET’s lead official in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, runs the group’s political bureau.
At one point, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh ran LET’s fund raising and recruiting front organizations. Today, he works with LET's international donors.
Amir Hamza, a member of LET's central advisory committee, actively maintains LET’s relationships with other groups. He is also responsible for publishing propaganda on behalf of LET.
Despite presenting himself as an independent scholar on militancy issues, Abdullah Muntazir is the LET’s spokesman for international media and director of an LET-affiliated media and research organization.
Talha Saeed heads the group's teachers department, using this position to acquire facilities on behalf of LET. He also works on LET’s indoctrination and propaganda programs.
“[This is the U.S.]Treasury’s most comprehensive [action] to date against this group and includes individuals participating in all aspects of LET’s operations,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “Attacking LET’s facilitation networks is particularly important, since charitable donations LET raises in Pakistan – its primary revenue source – are used to fuel LET’s militant operations.”