Designation of Haqqani Network Commander Sangeen Zadran
Office of the Spokesperson
August 16, 2011
The Secretary of State has designated Haqqani Network (HQN) Commander Sangeen Zadran 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 Sangeen has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him. Sangeen was also listed by the United Nations (UN) 1988 Sanctions Committee. These actions will help stem the flow of financial and other assistance to this dangerous individual.
Sangeen Zadran is the Shadow Governor for Paktika Province, Afghanistan and a commander of the Haqqani Network, a Taliban-affiliated group of militants that operates from North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. The Haqqani Network has been at the forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan, responsible for many high-profile attacks.
Sangeen Zadran helps lead fighters in attacks across Southeastern Afghanistan, and is believed to have planned and coordinated the movement of hundreds of foreign fighters into Afghanistan.
Sangeen has also been connected to many improvised explosive device (IED) attacks. In addition to his role in attacks, Sangeen Zadran is believed to have orchestrated the kidnappings of Afghans and foreign nationals in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sangeen also acts as a senior lieutenant to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, also a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under E.O. 13224 and listed at the United Nations 1988 Sanctions Committee.
The designation under E.O. 13224 blocks all of Sangeen Zadran’s property interests subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with or for the benefit of Sangeen. In addition to the U.S. domestic action taken today, the United Nations 1988 Sanctions Committee’s listing will require all UN member states to implement an assets freeze, a travel ban, and an arms embargo against this individual. The actions taken against this individual demonstrate international resolve in eliminating his ability to execute violent attacks and to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat terrorist networks.