Designation of Army of Islam Leader Mumtaz Dughmush

Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism
August 16, 2011

The Secretary of State has designated Gaza-based Army of Islam leader Mumtaz Dughmush under Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As a result of the designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Dughmush has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him. This action will help stem the flow of financial and other assistance to this terrorist. This past May the Secretary of State designated the Army of Islam as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

The Army of Islam is a Gaza Strip-based terrorist organization founded in late 2005 and is responsible for numerous terrorist acts against the Governments of Israel and Egypt. Under Dughmush’s guidance, the Army of Islam has launched rocket attacks against Israel from Palestinian territories, kidnapped two Fox News journalists -- one American and one British. The group is also responsible for early 2009 attacks on Egyptian civilians in Cairo and Heliopolis, which resulted in casualties and deaths.

A splinter group of Hamas, the Army of Islam is ideologically aligned with al-Qaida.

PRN: 2011/1330