17 Jun '17, 3pm

State Department designates 'coordinator' of Islamic State attacks in Europe, 2 others

State Department designates 'coordinator' of Islamic State attacks in Europe, 2 others

The US State Department announced the terrorist designations of three Islamic State operatives on June 15. The designations underscore the global nature of the self-declared caliphate’s threat, as two of the men have been responsible for a number of plots in Europe and India. The third has repeatedly attempted to convince his fellow Bahrainis to join the group’s cause. One of the jihadists, Oussama Ahmad Atar (pictured on the right), was a “leading coordinator” for both the assault on Paris in Nov. 2015, as well as the follow-on attacks in Brussels in Mar. 2016. It has long been known that the two plots involved common personnel, but Foggy Bottom’s announcement confirms important details. Atar, Belgian-Moroccan national also known as “Abou Ahmed,” is described as “a senior leader of ISIS’s external operations efforts,” who “has established a network to carry out attacks in...

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