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US targets Libyan militia leader with sanctions

US targets Libyan militia leader with sanctions
The US Treasury Department has slapped sanctions on the leader of a militia in Libya for attacks on the country's oil facilities, The New York Times reported.

The US said Ibrahim Jadhran's attacks "robbed the Libyan people of billions of dollars in oil revenue."

Wednesday's action is part of a push to take forceful action against "rogue criminals and militia forces who undermine peace and security." It blocks any property that Jadhran may have in the US and prohibits Americans from doing business with him.

Treasury said Jadhran has sought control of key oil terminals in Libya's northeast and his attacks have hurt oil exports.