U.S State Department Terrorist Designation of Ibrahim al-Banna
Office of the Spokesperson
January 5, 2017
The Department of State has designated Ibrahim al-Banna as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Ibrahim al-Banna has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Ibrahim al-Banna.
Ibrahim al-Banna is a senior member of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leadership who served as AQAP security chief and provided military and security guidance to AQAP leadership. A 2010 edition of AQAP’s English online magazine, Inspire, contained an article by al-Banna describing the 9/11 attack as virtuous and threatened to target Americans both domestically and elsewhere, in response to U.S. actions overseas. Prior to his membership with AQAP, al-Banna was a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Yemen from 1996 to 1998 and subsequently was in charge of the training and intelligence sectors for the group. Al-Banna is also subject to a U.S. government reward of up to $5 million.