LTTE to remain on amended US FTO list

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 18 2021

The US State Department announced last week that its Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO) list has been amended. According to the FTO list, the US State Department would continue including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in it.

The statement issued by the US State Department said that they amended the terrorist designations of Lashkar i Jhangvi (LJ) and ISIL Sinai Peninsula (ISIL-SP) to include additional aliases.  Additionally, the Department of State has reviewed and maintained the FTO designations of LJ, ISIL-SP, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al Naqshabandi, Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan (Ansaru), al-Nusrah Front, Continuity Irish Republican Army and the National Liberation Army as well.

The LTTE can be seen in the FTO list as an organisation designated since 10/8/1997.

“FTO and Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) designations seek to deny these terrorist organisations the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks. Among other consequences of designations, all of the groups’ property and interests that are within the United States or that come within the United States or that come within the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them. In addition, as designated FTOs, it is a federal crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to them,” the statement said.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 18 2021

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