“In AAD’s March 2012 attack against the town of Aguelhok, the group executed 82 Malian soldiers and kidnapped 30 more. Before the French intervention in January 2013, Malian citizens in towns under AAD’s control who did not comply with AAD’s laws faced harassment, torture, or execution.”
The designation of AAD makes it unlawful for U.S. persons to knowlingly engage in transactions with the AAD or those entities or persons that support them. In addition, any assets that can be linked to AAD are subject to blocking.
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