US brands al-Qaida Kurdish Battalions 'terrorist'

WASHINGTON - The US State Department said on Thursday it had named al-Qaida Kurdish Battalions, which operates along the Iran-Iraq border and has attacked Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government offices, as a specially designated global terrorist entity.
The department said the decision freezes any assets AQKB holds under US jurisdiction and bars US persons from carrying out transactions with it, a step designed to help reduce the flow of financial or other assistance to the group.
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