Three Southeast Asians in Daesh beheading video blacklisted by US

Three Southeast Asians in Daesh beheading video blacklisted by US
Iraqi fighters of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) stand next to a wall bearing the Daesh group flag as they enter the city of Al-Qaim, in Iraq’s western Anbar province near the Syrian border. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 25 August 2018

Three Southeast Asians in Daesh beheading video blacklisted by US

Three Southeast Asians in Daesh beheading video blacklisted by US

WASHINGTON: Three Southeast Asians who appeared in a 2016 Daesh video showing the beheading of a captive were added to the US Treasury’s sanctions blacklist Friday.
The Treasury said Malaysian Mohamad Rafi Udin, Indonesian Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz and Filipino Mohammad Reza Lahaman Kiram all took part in the June 2016 video made in Syria in which Daesh members execute a prisoner.
Sigal Mandelker, Treasury under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the video was “part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia.”
Udin, 52, is a well-known Malaysian militant, having been detained in 2003-2006 for his association with the radical extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah.
As of last November, he was believed to be the seniormost Malaysian in Daesh in Syria, the Treasury said.
Faiz, 49, was imprisoned in the Philippines for nine years on explosives and weapons charges. After being released he traveled to Syria in 2014 and joined Daesh.
Kiram, 28, is believed to be responsible for the bombing a bus in Zamboanga, Philippines in 2012. He was still in Syria fighting for Daesh as of January 2017, the Treasury said.