State Department Designates Al-Mulathamun Battalion as Foreign Terrorist Organization
This week, the State Department announced the designation of the al-Mulathamun Battalion as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity.
The al-Mulathamun Battalion is led by the vicious terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Belmokhtar and his fighters were responsible for the January 2013 attack against a gas facility near In-Amernas Algeria. Tragically, the attack resulted in the death of one of my constituents, Victor Lovelady. To this day, the Lovelady family does not have justice. While I welcome this designation, we must do more to capture Belmokhtar and hold him and his fighters responsible for this attack. Additionally, as with other FTO designations, the implementation of the designation is far more important than the announcement. We must go after Belmokhtar’s finances, pressure his organization, and ultimately capture or kill him.