Gantz designates 4 alleged IS fighters as foreign terrorists, per US request

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has designated four alleged Islamic State senior members as foreign terrorist operatives, his office says.

This is the first time that the Defense Ministry has designated foreign terror operatives at the request of the United States, Gantz’s office says.

The four individuals — Farhad Hoomer, Siraaj Miller, Abdella Hussein Abadigga and Peter Charles Mbaga — are accused of setting up IS cells across the continent of Africa, raising funds and planning attacks.

The four were designated by the United States Treasury as terrorists in March.

“Israel and the United States see the need to fight terrorist organizations, anywhere and anytime,” Gantz says in a statement.

“We will continue to work to curb the capabilities of terrorist organizations and their operatives, and we will continue to strengthen our cooperation with partners around the world in the face of those who seek to undermine stability and harm [innocents].”

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