Sanaullah Ghafari


Sanaullah Ghafari

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Nationalities: AF


Sanaullah Ghafari

Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website:

21 December 2021

Reason for listing:

Sanaullah Ghafari was listed on 21 December 2021 pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 4 of resolution 2368 (2017) as being associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material to”, and “recruiting for” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Khorasan (ISIL-K) (QDe.161).

Additional information:

Sanaullah Ghafari has been the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Khorasan (ISIL-K) (QDe.161) since June 2020. He was appointed by the ISIL core to lead ISIL-K. He is responsible for approving all ISIL-K operations throughout Afghanistan and arranging funding to conduct operations. He has masterminded terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. As the leader of ISIL-K, he has been responsible for multiple terrorist attacks resulting in hundreds of deaths in 2021. Attack methodology includes assassinations and IED attacks.

Related listed individuals and entities:

Al Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115), listed on 18 October 2004

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - Khorasan (ISIL - K) (QDe.161), listed on 14 May 2019

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