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Donald Trump Issues New, Revised Order to Combat Terrorism

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-09-11

United States President Donald Trump has issued a new executive order on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary yesterday that would enhance the country's ability to target terrorists and those who finance their activities to deter perpetrators of terrorism worldwide. Utilizing the new order, the Treasury sanctioned over two dozen individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.



 

At a joint news conference with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said, we have leaders, operatives and financiers from over 11 terrorist organizations, including Iran's Quds Forces, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates. He added, it allows the US Government to better target terror group leaders and provides new tools to pursue individuals who participate in terrorist training.

 

The Treasury Secretary asserted that his department was enhancing efforts to deny terrorist access to the financial system. Mr Pompeo described the executive order as the most-significant to counter terrorism sanctions authority since September 2001.

 

“Specifically, we have leaders, operative and financiers from over 11 terrorist organisations, including Iran’s Quds Forces, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates,” Mnuchin told White House reporters at a joint news conference with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

 

“The government has taken more action than we ever have before,” the treasury secretary said, asserting that his department was enhancing efforts to deny terrorist access to the financial system.



 

According to Pompeo, the new order amends the previous one by adding clauses that allow the departments of state and treasury to directly target leaders of terrorist groups and their associated entities without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts.

 

“Second, it is more effectively and efficiently targets individuals and entities who participate in terrorist training and provides new authorities to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly do business with terrorists,” the secretary of state said.

 

“As these actions show, today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to the US counterterrorism efforts,” Pompeo said.

 

“It will help us to ensure that the deadly attacks of September 11 that occurred 18 years ago this week are never repeated on American soil. Never.”

 


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