Ashraf Muhammad Yusuf Uthman Abd al-Salam

Ashraf Muhammad Yusuf Uthman Abd al-Salam, a 31-year-old Jordanian national, is a financial supporter of the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). “Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Adds Four Names to its Sanctions List,” United Nations Security Council, January 23, 2015, http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sc11750.doc.htm. He has been fighting in Syria since early 2014, presumably with the Nusra Front. “Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Adds Four Names to its Sanctions List,” United Nations Security Council, January 23, 2015, http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sc11750.doc.htm. Al-Salam has planned, transferred, or aided in the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to AQI, core al-Qaeda, and the Nusra Front. Al-Salam has also enabled Nusra Front fighters to receive al-Qaeda training, and has helped to equip the Nusra Front with explosives. “Treasury Designates Twelve Foreign Terrorist Fighter Facilitators,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, September 24, 2014, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2651.aspx.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated al-Salam a Specially Designated Global Terrorist pursuant to Executive Order 13224 in September 2014. “Treasury Designates Twelve Foreign Terrorist Fighter Facilitators,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, September 24, 2014, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2651.aspx. In January and February 2015, the U.N. and the EU designated al-Salam an individual associated with al-Qaeda. “European Commission,” Official Journal of the European Union, February 2, 2015, http://hb.betterregulation.com/external/Notice 2015_C 38_09.pdf; “Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Adds Four Names to its Sanctions List,” United Nations Security Council, January 23, 2015, http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sc11750.doc.htm.

Also Known As

Extremist entity
The Nusra Front
Type(s) of Organization:
Insurgent, non-state actor, terrorist, transnational, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Al-Qaeda affiliated group, Islamist, jihadist, Qutbist, Salafist, Sunni
Position(s):
Member of al-Qaeda; Fighter in Syria

Al-Nusra Front is al-Qaeda’s formal affiliate in Syria and one of the most powerful rebel groups fighting Assad. The group conducts formal military campaigns, assassinations, hostage missions, and ‘lone wolf’ operations, including al-Qaeda’s trademark suicide bombings. 

Extremist entity
Al-Qaeda
Type(s) of Organization:
Insurgent, non-state actor, terrorist, transnational, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Islamist, jihadist, Qutbist, salafist, Sunni, takfirist
Position(s):
Member of al-Qaeda; Fighter in Syria

Al-Nusra Front is al-Qaeda’s formal affiliate in Syria and one of the most powerful rebel groups fighting Assad. The group conducts formal military campaigns, assassinations, hostage missions, and ‘lone wolf’ operations, including al-Qaeda’s trademark suicide bombings. 

Extremist entity
Type(s) of Organization:
Insurgent, non-state actor, terrorist, transnational, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Islamist, jihadist, Qutbist, salafist, Sunni, takfirist
Position(s):
Member of al-Qaeda; Fighter in Syria

Al-Nusra Front is al-Qaeda’s formal affiliate in Syria and one of the most powerful rebel groups fighting Assad. The group conducts formal military campaigns, assassinations, hostage missions, and ‘lone wolf’ operations, including al-Qaeda’s trademark suicide bombings. 

  • Designations

United Nations Security Council

  • On January 23, 2015, the U.N. Security Council added Ashraf Muhammad Yusuf Uthman Abd al-Salam to the al-Qaeda Sanctions List of individuals and entities subject to assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo pursuant to Security Council resolution 2083 (2012). “Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Adds Four Names to its Sanctions List,” United Nations Security Council, January 23, 2015, http://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sc11750.doc.htm.

The European Union

United States

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury; September 24, 2014.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Ashraf Muhammad Yusuf Uthman Abd al-Salam a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 on September 24, 2014. “Treasury Designates Twelve Foreign Terrorist Fighter Facilitators,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, September 24, 2014, http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2651.aspx.

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