The Department of State has designated Shawki Ali Ahmed al-Badani as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
Al-Badani is a leader and operative for al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and he has long been involved in terrorist activity as a member of the group. The State Department designated AQAP as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as an SDGT entity in January 2010.
In 2012, al-Badani reportedly assigned an AQAP operative to target the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, for attacks. He also has been described as being connected to a suicide bomber who killed over 100 Yemeni soldiers in a May 2012 attack. Furthermore, he played a key role in a plan for a major attack in summer 2013 that led the United States to close 19 diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.
Al-Badani is on Yemen’s Most Wanted list and the Yemeni government has offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who can offer information about him, describing him as one of “the most dangerous terrorists affiliated with al-Qa’ida.”
The consequences of al-Badani’s E.O. 13224 designation include a prohibition against U.S. persons engaging in transactions with Shawki Ali Ahmed al-Badani, and the freezing of all property and interests of Shawki Ali Ahmed al-Badani that are in the United States, or come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons. The Department of State took this action in consultation with the Departments of Justice and Treasury.