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US adds Qaeda’s India branch to terrorist list

nationpaper Updated: Jul 01, 2016, 08:54 IST

WASHINGTON: The US state department on Thursday named al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) a “foreign terrorist organisation” and designated its leader, India-born Asim Umar, a “specially designated global terrorist”. These designations prohibit American citizens from dealing with both the group and its leader — usually for donations — and lead to forfeiture of property and assets held by them in the US.

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