WASHINGTON – Today,
the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated two individuals based in
Indonesia for their links to the terrorist groups Jemaah Islamiya (JI) and Jemmah
Anshorut Tauhid (JAT). Said Ahmad Sungkar
has been involved in fundraising efforts for JAT and supporting JI operatives. Afif Abdul Majid is a senior JAT leader who
has overseen the recruitment and training of terrorists in Indonesia. These designations are part of the Treasury
Department’s ongoing efforts to target these organizations as well as disrupt
their financial and logistical support networks.
“The threats posed by terrorist groups such as Jemaah
Islamiya and Jemmah Anshorut Tauhid remain significant. We will continue to take action to protect
the international financial system from illicit activity tied to these groups,
making it ever more difficult for them to carry out their acts of violence,”
said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S.
The individuals sanctioned today were designated pursuant to
E.O. 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from
engaging in any transactions with the individuals designated today, and any
assets of those designees subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.
JI is a Southeast Asia-based terrorist network with links to
al-Qaida. It has been designated by the
UN and the United States since 2002 and is responsible for numerous acts of
terrorism including the Bali bombing in 2002, in which over 200 people from 27
nations were killed.
JAT is also an Indonesia-based terrorist group with links to
JI. In February 2012 the State Department designated JAT pursuant to Executive
Order 13224 and added the group to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations,
while the Department of the Treasury designated three JAT leaders: JAT’s acting
Emir Mochammad Achwan, JAT spokesperson Son Hadi bin Muhadjir, and JAT
leadership figure Abdul Rosyid Ridho Ba'asyir, who was involved in recruiting
and fundraising activities.
JAT seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate in Indonesia,
and has carried out numerous attacks on Indonesian Government personnel and
civilians in order to achieve this goal. Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, the founder and
leader of JAT, and a UN 1267 listed individual, was convicted and sentenced to
prison in 2011 for his role in organizing a terrorist training camp in Aceh.
Said Ahmad Sungkar
Said Ahmad Sungkar (Sungkar) is being designated for
providing financial, material, or technological support, or financial or other
services, to JI and JAT. Sungkar has
been involved in supporting Indonesia-based JI and JAT terrorist networks over
a number of years. Most recently, Sungkar conducted fundraising and recruiting
for JAT in 2013.
Sungkar previously had served as JI’s media chief. Also, on several occasions, Sungkar has extended
logistics support to JI operatives seeking to evade capture and provided
extremist operatives with fake documents.
In addition to providing support and services to JI and JAT
Sungkar was linked to a terrorist training camp in 2010 in Aceh, Indonesia,
that was under the leadership of senior JI operative Joko Pitono (a.k.a.
Dulmatin) and gathered militants from various regional groups, including some
with links to al-Qa’ida. The militants, using the name “al-Qa'ida in Aceh,”
plotted to kill U.S. aid workers and Western tourists and attack churches and
Western NGOs. Dulmatin was killed in an Indonesian police raid in March 2010.
Afif Abdul Majid
Afif Abdul Majid (Abdul Majid) is being designated for
acting for or on behalf of JAT. Abdul
Majid since 2008 has served as a JAT leader, overseeing JAT fighters. In 2012,
Abdul Majid played a role in coordinating the activities of regional JAT
leaders. Abdul Majid was a member of JAT’s governing council, also called the
“Majelis Syuro,” from 2008 to 2013.
Abdul Majid also served as the head of JAT’s Central Java
branch, as of late 2011. Abdul Majid in August 2010 conducted a swearing in
ceremony for hundreds of JAT fighters, some of whom were expected to take
violent action against the Indonesian police. In past years, Abdul Majid headed
JAT recruitment efforts for a paramilitary wing that provided training for
fighters, weapons experts, and hackers.
Abdul Majid has supported training activities for terrorist
networks outside JAT, as well. As of early 2010, Abdul Majid donated approximately
$2,000 to support the Aceh terrorist training camp, including weapons and
Name: Said Ahmad Sungkar
AKA: Sahid Ahmad Sungkar
AKA: Said Sungkar
DOB: 25 October 1961
Passport No.: U337061,
Passport Issued 17
December 2009, Expiration Date 17 December 2014
National Identity Card
(NIC) No.: 337502.251061.0002, Indonesian
Name: Afif Abdul Majid
AKA: Afif bin Abdul Madjid
AKA: Afif Abdul Al Majid
AKA: Afif Abdul Madjid
DOB: 1 January 1955
POB: Pacitan, East Java,