United States drone strike kills top Taliban commander, three Haqqani terrorists in Waziristan

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2018

"We may consider lifting the suspension when we see decisive and sustained actions to address our concerns, including targeting all terrorist groups operating within its territory, without distinction", Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan also said.

Afghan and USA officials have long alleged insurgents use sanctuaries in Pakistan for planning deadly attacks on the other side of the border, charges Islamabad denies.

"Treasury continues to aggressively pursue and expose radicals who support terrorist organizations and run illicit financial networks across South Asia", said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad (Rahman Zeb) was designated for providing financial, material, or technological support for, or other services to or in support of LeT. In early 2016, Zeb coordinated fund transfers with a Pakistan-based LeT facilitator. Hizb Ullah Astam Khan (Hizb Ullah) was designated for acting for or on behalf of Aminullah.

According to USA officials, Aminullah had turned Ganj madrasa in Peshawar into a training and hiring base for the LeT, Taliban and Al Qaeda.

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The US called on "the Pakistani government and others in South Asia region to work with Washington to deny sanctuary to these unsafe individuals" who acted on or behalf of US and UN-designated terrorist Shaykh Aminullah. She also condemned the recent Kabul attacks and offered Pakistan's assistance for a joint investigation.

Hizb Ullah served as a financial official of a Peshawar-based madrasa that was co-founded by Aminullah.

Drone strikes in the region have surged in the wake of US President Donald Trump's announcement of a new Afghan policy in which Pakistan was accused of harbouring terrorists and offering "safe havens to the agents of chaos".

Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan acted as Aminullah's assistant and handled his accommodations in Pakistan. Dilawar also facilitated funds transfers, including global transactions, on behalf of Aminullah.

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