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US Slaps Sanctions on Haqqani Network Suicide Operations Chief - Corruption Currents - WSJ

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The U.S. State Department said Monday it placed sanctions on Qari Zakir, the Haqqani Network’s chief of suicide operations.

In addition to the U.S. designation, the United Nations placed Zakir and the Haqqani Network itself on its blacklist, requiring member states to implement an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo on both him and the group.

“Today’s U.N. actions demonstrate international resolve in eliminating the Haqqani Network’s ability to execute violent attacks in Afghanistan,” the State Department said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department placed the Haqqani Network on its list of foreign terror organizations in September after years of deliberation. Until then, the U.S. had focused its efforts targeting individual members of the group.

The Haqqani Network, dubbed “the Sopranos of the Afghanistan war” by the New York Times, built an empire out of kidnapping, extortion, smuggling and trucking.