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Treasury Sanctions Taliban and Haqqani Network Financiers and
Facilitators
January 25, 2018

Action Supports the President’s South Asia Strategy
Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s O ice of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
took action today to expose and disrupt the financing of the Taliban and Haqqani Network by
designating six individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to
Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists
or acts of terrorism. Four of the individuals – Abdul Samad Sani, Abdul Qadeer Basir Abdul
Baseer, Hafiz Mohammed Popalzai, and Maulawi Inayatullah – were designated for acting on
behalf of the Taliban, while the remaining two – Faqir Muhammad and Gula Khan Hamidi – were
sanctioned for acting on behalf of the Haqqani Network.
As a result of today’s designations, all property and interests in property of these persons
subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging
in transactions with them.
“We are targeting six individuals related to the Taliban or Haqqani Network who have been
involved in attacks on Coalition troops, smuggling of individuals, or financing these terrorist
groups,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “This
action supports the President’s South Asia Strategy by disrupting these terrorist organizations
and publically exposing individuals who facilitate their activities. The Pakistani government
must work with us to deny the Taliban and the Haqqani Network sanctuary and to aggressively
target their terrorist fundraising.”

ABDUL SAMAD SANI
Abdul Samad Sani (Sani) was designated for acting for or on behalf of the Taliban.
In early 2017, Sani sent weapons to Taliban members who later attacked an Afghan National
Police (ANP) patrol that resulted in the death of one ANP o icer and the wounding of two others.
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As of June 2015, Sani was a member of the Taliban Senior Shura who had received funding to
purchase supplies and ammunition for Taliban commanders and fighters engaged in combat in
Afghanistan. As of March 2015, Sani was personally involved in appointing special
representatives to serve as Taliban fundraisers abroad.
In 2014, Sani traveled to the Gulf to obtain funding and supplies. As of February 2014, the
Taliban appointed Sani to take charge of marble mining operations and increase mining
production, and that summer he was responsible for collecting funds from an onyx mine in
Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and other smuggling operations in which the Taliban had a
vested interest. As of November 2013, Sani assisted Taliban commanders and fighters with the
financial costs of their medical treatment by arranging for the payment of their medical bills. In
August 2013, Sani, a senior Afghan Taliban o icial, arranged for an Iran-based associate to help
a Taliban fundraiser in Iran meet potential donors. As of November 2012, Sani was responsible
for collecting donations from businessmen who were Taliban sympathizers in Afghanistan and
Pakistan. and in late 2012, Sani traveled at the request of OFAC designated Taliban Finance
Commission Head, Gul Agha, to the Girdi Jungal area in Pakistan and collected approximately
$450,000 worth of Pakistani rupees from narcotics tra ickers.
Sani has served as the Taliban’s Deputy Finance Commissioner, and served as the Governor for
the Afghan Central Bank during the Taliban regime.

ABDUL QADEER BASIR ABDUL BASEER
Abdul Qadeer Basir Abdul Baseer (Baseer) was designated for acting for or on behalf of the
Taliban.
In the fall of 2017, Baseer provided Taliban commanders with tens of thousands of dollars for
previous attacks conducted in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. In early 2016, Baseer hosted
meetings with leaders of the Taliban to convince them to support the then-Supreme Leader of
the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur. In the spring of 2015, Baseer, a member of the
Taliban Finance Commission, hosted a meeting of the Taliban Senior Shura to plan for the
spring 2015 fighting season. As of early 2015, Baseer led the Finance Commission of the Taliban
Peshawar Shura, which was responsible for the Taliban’s military and political activities in
northern and eastern Afghanistan. Baseer was responsible for collecting financial aid from
domestic and foreign sponsors. As of early 2014, Baseer disbursed funds directly to Taliban
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shadow governors and was responsible for approving large expenses. As of early 2014, Baseer
collected all the money from narcotics tra icking, precious stone sales, tithing, and almsgiving.
As of 2009, he served as the treasurer for the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan. He was the financial
advisor to the Taliban’s Peshawar Military Council and head of the Taliban’s Peshawar Financial
Commission as of early 2010. He personally delivers money from the Taliban’s leadership Shura
to Taliban groups throughout Pakistan.
During the Taliban regime, Baseer was the General Consul of the Taliban in Islamabad, Pakistan,
and according to the United Nations, he also served as the Taliban regime’s Military Attaché at
the Taliban Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

HAFIZ MOHAMMED POPALZAI
Hafiz Mohammed Popalzai (Popalzai) was designated for acting for or on behalf of both the
Taliban and Gul Agha Ishakzai.
Popalzai has served for several years on the Taliban Finance Commission and was in charge of
the Taliban's finances for southern and western Afghanistan, including Qandahar, Helmand,
Nimroz, Herat, Zabul, Uruzgan, and Farah provinces. As of late 2013, Popalzai and Amir
Abdullah, a Taliban finance o icial who has traveled internationally to fundraise for the group
and who is designated pursuant to E.O. 13224, worked with businessmen and hawalas to send
money to Taliban commanders in Afghanistan. Popalzai was one of four individuals responsible
for all Taliban financing, including foreign financing and money from the narcotics trade, as well
as investing the Taliban’s money. As of late 2012, Popalzai’s role with the Taliban Finance
Commission was to collect money for the Taliban from Qandahar, Helmand, Herat, and Kabul
Provinces, Afghanistan, a role he has had since the late 2000s. Once Popalzai received the
money, he would pass the funds on to Finance Commission leader Gul Agha Ishakzai (Ishakzai),
who is also designated pursuant to E.O. 13224.
In mid-2011, the Taliban was paid 10 million Euros for the release of hostages that the Taliban
was holding. The Taliban arranged for money to be deposited into an account at an Afghan bank
in Qandahar, Afghanistan. The account, which ultimately belonged to Ishakzai, was held in a
false name. Popalzai traveled to Qandahar City to retrieve the money and return to Quetta,
Pakistan to give the money to Ishakzai.

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MAULAWI INAYATULLAH
Maulawi Inayatullah (Inayatullah) was designated for acting for or on behalf of the Taliban.
Inayatullah has been a Taliban military a airs member in charge of multiple Afghan provinces,
and was a member of the Taliban Peshawar Shura. As of late 2016, Inayatullah operated as the
overall Taliban member responsible for attacks against Afghan and Coalition Forces in Kabul,
Afghanistan. Inayatullah provided financial support and other materials for the attack planners.
As of late 2013, Inayatullah, as the Taliban’s Military Commission Deputy Leader, procured
weapons, ammunition, and supplies for operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. In addition,
Inayatullah received a large sum of money from a contact and gave it to a courier to provide to
al Qa’ida militants.

FAQIR MUHAMMAD
Faqir Muhammad (Faqir) was designated for acting for or on behalf of the Haqqani Network.
For several years, Faqir has been a major fundraiser for the Haqqani Network.

GULA KHAN HAMIDI
Gula Khan Hamidi (Hamidi) was designated for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial,
material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the
Haqqani Network, as well as for acting for or on behalf of the Haqqani Network.
As of July 2015, Hamidi facilitated communication between a Haqqani Network o icial and a
Haqqani Network contact in Syria and, as of mid-2014, Hamidi was relied upon to faithfully
translate communications between Haqqani Network o icials and a Haqqani Network contact
in Syria. As of September 2014, Hamidi agreed to facilitate travel for a Haqqani Networka iliated Uzbek extremist and his associates from Pakistan to Turkey. As of July 2014, Hamidi
likely facilitated the transfer of funds from the Haqqani Network to a Pakistan-based Uzbek
extremist. As of early 2014, Hamidi was an honored representative of the Haqqani Network in
meetings with various Syrian faction leaders in Syria. Also as of early 2014, Hamidi planned to
send funds to Germans located with the Haqqani Network in Pakistan. In the fall of 2013, Hamidi
coordinated with now-deceased senior Haqqani Network o icial and SDGT Nasiruddin Haqqani
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on the travel of an associate to Turkey. In mid-2013, Hamidi sent approximately $21,000 to a
senior Haqqani Network o icial.
In addition to, and separately from, his activities for the Haqqani Network, Hamidi has also been
involved for years in coordinating travel and smuggling activity, to include working with an Iranbased smuggler regarding the travel of persons from Afghanistan to Europe in late 2017. In
March 2017, Hamidi coordinated with an Iran-based associate regarding the smuggling of an
Afghan person attempting to travel from Turkey to Syria. He has also smuggled individuals from
Afghanistan to Syria, and from Turkey into and around Europe. In October 2014, Hamidi’s
facilitation network coordinated the travel of al Qa’ida and Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan associates
to Turkey, and in late 2013, Hamidi facilitated the movement of two groups of foreign fighters to
Turkey from Pakistan.

Information on the individuals designated today.

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