The United States has placed Daesh (ISIL) branches in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Yemen on its global terrorism blacklist.
Washington on Thursday categorized the three branches as a “foreign terrorist organization,” meaning that sanctions and penalties will apply to them and those supporting them.
The State Department said the ISIL branches appeared in November 2014 when their terror ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi invited oaths of allegiance from militants in Libya, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
The department noted although Daesh’s presence in each country “is limited to specific geographic locations,” their affiliates have already conducted many deadly attacks in those nations.
Daesh has previously claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in Yemen in March 2015 on two mosques in the capital Sana’a, where more than 120 people were killed.
It also claimed attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the US Treasury Department has…