The Secretary of State has designated al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operative Othman al-Ghamdi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. AQAP was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in January 2010.
Othman al-Ghamdi is a member of AQAP’s leadership. Al-Ghamdi has been involved in raising funds for the organization’s operations and activities in Yemen. He has also worked with other AQAP members to plan and stockpile weapons for future attacks. Al-Ghamdi appeared in a video released in May 2010, where he was identified publicly as AQAP’s operational commander. In the same video, he appears alongside AQAP’s military commander Qasim al-Rimi and AQAP operative Fahd al-Quso, who is wanted for his role in the USS Cole bombing.
This designation marks the Department’s seventh listing of an AQAP member, and it highlights U.S. resolve to take action against AQAP’s ability to finance terrorist activity.
In addition, the United Nations 1267 Committee took similar action today by listing al-Ghamdi on its Consolidated List, which will require all UN Member States to implement an assets freeze, a travel ban, and an arms embargo against this individual.