Terrorist Designation of Abdul Aziz Haqqani

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 25, 2015

The Department of State has designated Abdul Aziz Haqqani (Aziz Haqqani) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 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 Aziz Haqqani has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Aziz Haqqani or to his benefit.

Aziz Haqqani is a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani. For several years, Aziz Haqqani has been involved in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against Afghan government targets, and assumed responsibility for all major Haqqani Network attacks after the death of his brother, Badruddin Haqqani. In August 2014, the Department of State's Rewards for Justice program announced the authorization of a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location of Aziz Haqqani.

The Department of State designated the Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a SDGT under E.O. 13224 in September 2012, and has designated many of the Haqqani Network’s leaders under E.O. 13224. The Haqqani Network has planned and carried out a number of significant kidnappings and attacks against U.S. interests in Afghanistan, as well as Afghan government and civilian targets.