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US designates Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as global terrorist ahead of Modi-Trump meeting

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The US state department on Monday imposed sanctions on the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin and declared him a global terrorist, hours before a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump at the White House.

The action bars US persons from financial transactions with Salahuddin. His organization, the Hizbul Mujahideen, is an active militant group in Jammu and Kashmir.

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The US department said that in September 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.

He threatened to train Kashmiri suicide bombers and turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.” The US says the militant group has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

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