Islamic State’s Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla designated a specially designated global terrorist

posted Christopher W. Holton

The State Department is on top of things as usual.

Yesterday they designated the Islamic State’s (ISIS) Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla a specially designated global terrorist. This involves sanctions and other largely symbolic measures.

There is an aspect of this that is fairly infuriating though. Al-Mawla ascended to leadership of the Islamic State way back in October of 2019.

What took so long for the State Department to designate him in the first place?

Is the sanctions that accompany his designation are so significant, then why did in take over 4 months to impose them?

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