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US Sanctions Pakistan Terror Groups

Photo Courtesy - ustreas dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned the Pakistan based terror groups Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LET) and Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM) in an effort to target their financial and support networks.

"LET and JEM have proven both their willingness and ability to execute attacks against innocent civilians," said Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in a press release Thursday.

The department also took action against Azam Cheema, who it considers the mastermind behind the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings carried out by LET, as well as Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, the head of LET's political affairs department.

Al Rehmat Trust, an operational front for JEM, and Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi, were also sanctioned for acting on behalf of JEM. 

The action will prohibit U.S. banks and companies from engaging in transactions with the individuals and entities. It will also freeze any assets the designees have under U.S. jurisdictions.

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