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2009-07-21 16:11:00
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SOMALIA: MONITORING GROUP PROPOSES 11 TARGETS FOR

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SUBJECT: SOMALIA: MONITORING GROUP PROPOSES 11 TARGETS FOR
SANCTIONS DESIGNATION

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SUBJECT: SOMALIA: MONITORING GROUP PROPOSES 11 TARGETS FOR
SANCTIONS DESIGNATION


1. (SBU) SUMMARY: The Somalia Sanctions Committee ("751
Committee") has received a list (see para 4) of eleven
possible targets for the first round of targeted sanctions
under resolution 1844. This list, which includes three
Eritreans, was prepared by the UN Somalia sanctions
Monitoring Group (MG). The MG will present these names to
the Committee in an oral briefing on July 21. The Committee
will not take any formal action until a UN Member State
proposes that names be designated. END SUMMARY.


2. (SBU) The Somalia Sanctions Committee ("751 Committee")
has received a list of eleven possible targets (see para 4)
for the first round of targeted sanctions under resolution

1844. (NOTE: The Security Council in November 2008 imposed a
new targeted sanctions regime -- asset freeze, travel ban,
ban on arms transfers -- on Somalia. The Somalia Sanctions
Committee has not yet designated any individuals or entities
under 1844. END NOTE.) The Somalia sanctions Monitoring
Group (MG),the UN team mandated to monitor and report on
compliance with the Somalia arms embargo and resolution 1844,
identified these targets as having met one or more of the
resolution 1844's designating criteria: 1) undermine
stability in Somalia, 2) impeding humanitarian assistance
and/or 3) having violated the arms embargo. The MG-prepared
list includes two armed groups and nine individuals. Three
of the individuals are Eritrean; an additional two
individuals have already been designated under the Al-Qaida
and Taliban Sanctions Committee ("1267 Committee") for their
association with al-Qaeda.


3. (SBU) The MG will brief the Committee about these names at
a meeting on July 21. The Committee will not make a decision
on new designations until a UN Member State formally proposes
that these, or any other names, be designated. This listing
request must be accompanied by a detailed statement of case
in support of the proposed listing that forms the basis or

justification of the listing. All members of the Committee
must agree unanimously to the listing.


4. (SBU) MG PROSPOALS FOR DESIGNATION UNDER THE SOMALIA
TARGETED SANCTIONS REGIME:

GROUPS
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---Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujaahidiin: "Al-Shabaab" is linked
to numerous acts threatening peace in Somalia, including
attacks on the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and
African Union (AMISOM) forces; the murders of several aid
workers; and recruitment of foreign fighters and trainers.

---Hisb'ul Islam: Hisb'ul Islam is an armed group that has
conducted numerous offensive operations against the TFG and
AMISOM forces.

INDIVIDUALS
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---Ahbshir Abdillahi "Boyah" (Somali): Boyah has publicly
admitted to being a key organizer, recruiter, and financer of
a maritime militia operating a network of pirates responsible
for 25-60 hijackings since the mid-1990s.

---Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamud "Godane" (Somali): Godane is a
senior leader of al-Shabaab and exercises command
responsibility for al-Shabaab operations across Somalia.

--- Hassan Abdillahi Hersi "al-Turki" (Somali): Al-Turki is a
senior leader of Hisb'ul Islam engaged in numerous arms
embargo violations and assisting with military training of
other armed groups, including al-Shabaab (NOTE: al-Turki is
designated under the 1267 regime).

--- Hassan Dahir Aweys: Aweys is the Chairman of Hisb'ul
Islam (NOTE: Aweys is designated under the 1267 regime).

--- Mohamed Abdi Garaad (Somali): Garaad is a leader,
commander, and financer of pirate activities and is
responsible for multiple hijackings.

--- Yasin Ali Baynah (Somali): Baynah is a founding member
and active supporter of Hisb'ul Islam mobilizing support and
finances for the group and inciting attacks against the TFG
and AMISOM.

--- Yemane Gebreab (Eritrean): Gebreab, Head of Political
Affairs for the People's Front for Democracy and Justice in
Eritrea, bears chief responsibility for the Government of
Eritrea's (GOE) policy towards, and transgressions in,

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Somalia. The GOE formally rejects the Djioubti Agreement,
denies legitimacy of the TFG, and opposes the presence of
AMISOM. In support of this policy, the GOE has provided
"significant and sustained" political, financial and material
support including arms ammunition and training to armed
opposition groups in Somalia.

--- Te'ame Abraha Selassie (Eritrean): Selassie, a ranking
Eritrean military intelligence officer, is responsible for
providing operational guidance to Somali armed opposition
groups and is involved in planning and deliveries of arms and
finance to these groups. By virtue of his position and
actions, Te'ame bears a central responsibility for the
implementation of Eritrean policy towards Somalia.

--- Ali Abdu Ahmed (Eritrean): Ahmed, Eritrean Minister of
Information, is the chief spokesperson for the GOE on Somalia
policy. As such, he has made public statements
de-legitimizing the TFG and inciting violent opposition
against the TFG and AMISOM.

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