Turkey designates three organizations as terrorist groups

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Addis Ababa, 18 June 2014 (WIC) - The Turkish government has added three African groups to a list of terror organisations, the Official Gazette reported on Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reported.

The cabinet designated Al Mouakaoune Biddam, Al Mourabitoun and Al Moulathamoun - which are active in Mali, Algeria and Niger - as terror groups linked to Al-Qaeda. Their names translate respectively as Those Who Sign in Blood, The Sentinels and The Veiled.

The development follows the United Nations Security Council Committee meeting on June 2 in which the three groups were made subject to asset freezes, travel bans and arms embargos.

Foreign Ministry denies al-Nusra removed from terror list.

The Turkish government has refuted claims that it has removed the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front from its list of terrorist organizations.
The government updated its terror group list, adding three African groups, the Official Gazette reported on Wednesday.

The 'al-Qaeda in Iraq' list has also been updated and foreign ministry sources said the al-Nusra Front, which was added to the list on June 3, has been moved from the al-Qaeda list but remains on the broader terror list.