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Bush Launches Financial Strike

President Bush took steps Monday to choke off financial support for terrorist organizations, freezing U.S. assets and prohibiting transactions with groups linked to terrorism.

Announcing a "strike on the financial foundation" of terrorists, Mr. Bush said he had signed an executive order freezing the assets of 27 individuals and organizations.

"They include terrorist organizations, individuals, terrorist leaders, a corporation that serves as a front for terrorism and several nonprofit organizations," the president said in a Rose Garden appearance.

Executive Order
Read President Bush's executive order on terrorist financing.
Mr. Bush said he signed the order one minute after midnight, adding, "This list is just the beginning."

He called the list "the financial equivalent of law enforcement's most-wanted list."

Flanked by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, Mr. Bush said that the United States would work with foreign governments and "we're putting banks and financial institutions on notice."

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O'Neill issued a warning to foreign banks: "We will punish you for providing the resources that make these evil acts possible."
Sanctions List
The list of organizations to which President Bush's executive order Monday on terrorism applies:
  • Al-Qaida/Islamic Army
  • Abu Sayyaf Group
  • Armed Islamic Group
  • Harakat ul-Mujahidin
  • Al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad)
  • Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU)
  • Asbat al-Ansar
  • Salafist Grup for Call and Combat (GSPC)
  • Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
  • Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya (AIAI)
  • Islamic Army of Aden
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Muhammad Atif (aka Subhi Abu Sitta, Abu Hafs Al Masri)
  • Sayf al-Adl
  • Shaykh Saiid (aka Mustafa Muhammad Ahmad)
  • Abu Hafs the Mauritanian (aka Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, Khalid Al-Shanqiti)
  • Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi
  • Abu Zubaydah (aka Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, Tariq)
  • Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi (aka, Abu Abdallah)
  • Ayman al-Zawahri
  • Thirwat Salah Shihata
  • Tariq Anwar Al-Sayyid Ahmad (aka Fathi, Amr al-Fatih)
  • Muhammad Salah (aka Nasr Fahmi Nasr Hasanayn)
  • Makhtab Al-Khidamat/Al Kifah
  • Wafa Humanitarian Organization
  • Al Rashid Trust
  • Mamoun Darkazanli Import-Export Co.
  • Mr. Bush said he's putting the financial world on notice, that anyone who does business with terrorists, or who supports or sponsors them, "won't do business with America."

    "Money is the life blood of terrorist operations," he said. "Today, we're asking the world to stop payment."

    He said he's hoping to turn terrorists against each other, and force them out of hiding, by starving them of their funding.

    The president's executive order marked the first public step of the financial elements of his declared war on terrorism. He was working on the diplomatic front during the day, meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien at the White House.

    The president did not mention Canadian cooperation in his address to Congress Thursday night, although Canada housed, fed and comforted thousands of American air travelers stranded there after terrorist attacks in Washington and New York Sept. 11. He did praise Britain, whose prime minister, Tony Blair, was an honored guest at the speech.

    Chretien is under criticism from some at home who say he hasn't been bold enough in his response to the terror attacks.

    He was expected to offer more of Canada's F-18 jet fighters for joint patrols of North American skies, along with naval support and possible replacement of Canadian soldiers for U.S. troops in peacekeeping duties in Bosnia.

    Mr. Bush spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for nearly an hour over the weekend (their third conversation on the anti-terror campaign) and will see Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday.

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