U.N. adds al-Nusra in Syria to sanctions blacklist

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The U.N. Security Council has agreed to add Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda-linked opposition force fighting in Syria, to the U.N. sanctions blacklist.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations said none of the 15 council members objected to adding al-Nusra as an alias of al-Qaeda in Iraq by the deadline Thursday.

The mission said the decision by the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda will be officially published on Friday, subjecting al-Nusra to a global arms embargo and asset freeze.

Al-Nusra has emerged as the most effective and organized opposition fighting force against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. It joined ranks with al-Qaeda in Iraq in early April.

On May 16, the U.S. State Department designated al-Nusra leader Mohammad al-Jawlani as a “global terrorist,” subjecting him to U.S. sanctions.

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