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U.S. Designates Al-Qaeda Affiliate As Terrorist

The United States has designated an Egyptian Islamist military commander with links to Al-Qaeda as a global terrorist.

The State Department's declaration on October 7 blocks any property Muhammad Jamal or his group may have in U.S. jurisdiction. It also bans U.S. citizens from engaging in any transactions that would benefit him.

A statement said Jamal learned how to make bombs when he trained with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He returned from Afghanistan to Egypt in the 1990s, and became a top military commander of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, then headed by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of the Al-Qaeda network.

After being released from an Egyptian prison in 2011, he formed his own network, the Muhammad Jamal Network, setting up training camps in Egypt and Libya.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP