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UN Security Council Sanctions Pakistan Taliban Splinter Group

From an October 2014 video from TTP Jamat-ul-Ahrar

The UN Security Council has sanctioned a splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban, freezing its assets and subjecting it to an arms embargo. The Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee on Thursday added Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar (JuA) to the ISIL (the Islamic State) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.

The outfit is also known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan Jamaat ul Ahrar and is located in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan as well as in Mohmand Agency, a district in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. According to information on the UN website, Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar is the splinter group of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and is associated with the Islamic State.

Formed in August 2014 in Mohmand Agency, Pakistan, the group operates from Nangarhar Province and Pakistan-Afghanistan border region. The outfit was banned in Pakistan in November last year.