State Department Terrorist Designation

Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
March 22, 2016


The Department of State has designated Santoso as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions and penalties on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Santoso has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Santoso.

Indonesian citizen Santoso is the leader of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT), a U.S. Department of State SDGT entity. MIT, under Santoso’s leadership, has been responsible for numerous killings and kidnappings in Indonesia over the past few years. In August 2012, MIT killed two police officers; in September 2012, it conducted a bomb attack against an Indonesian police station; in November 2012, it was responsible for the shooting of an Indonesian police chief; and in December 2012, it shot four Indonesian National Police (POLRI) Mobile Brigade (BRIMOB) personnel. In 2014, Santoso pledged his allegiance to ISIL/Daesh and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ISIL/Daesh is a U.S. Department of State-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), and al-Baghdadi is a U.S. Department of State designated SDGT.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Santoso is actively engaged in terrorism. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, impose serious sanctions on them, and enable coordinated action across the U.S. Government and with our international partners to disrupt the activities of terrorists, including by denying them access to the U.S. financial system and enabling U.S. law enforcement actions.