U.S. department of Treasury added three members of Jamaat ul Dawa al Quran (JDQ), a terrorist group based in Pakistan and Afghanistan to its list of specially designated global terrorists.
JDQ is a perfect example of the complex and evolving network of terrorist outfits that are operating inside Afghanistan and in Pakistan.
The three terror figures listed by the Treasury were identified as Hayat Ullah Ghulam Muhammad, Ali Muhammad Abu Turab, and Inayat ur Rahman.
The three terror figures according to the Treasury provided support and funds to the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al Qaeda, and the Islamic State terrorist groups.
JDQ was listed by U.S. a terrorist outfit in May 2016 and noted that the outfit has its active bases Peshawar, Pakistan, and eastern Afghanistan.
U.S. also noted that the terror outfit of having a long-standing ties with Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
JDQ is known to operate in Kunar province, Afghanistan. In 2010, the group pledged allegiance to Mullah Omar, the founder and first emir of the Taliban. However, it is not clear if JDQ swore an oath to Mullah Mansour or Mullah Haibatullah.
U.S. military operations has targeted JDQ operatives in several raids in Afghanistan. Several terrorists’ members of the JDQ were once held at the American detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One of these former Guantanamo detainees, Haji Sahib Rohullah Wakil, was identified as the JDQ’s overall leader.