In accordance with paragraph 13 of resolution 1822 (2008) and subsequent related resolutions, the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
Salah Eddine Gasmi was listed on 3 July 2008 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 1822 (2008) as being associated with Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (QDe.014).
Salah Eddine Gasmi is the chief propagandist of the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) (QDe.014)
Since the announcement of their allegiance to Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and through their new name “the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb”, the terrorist groups of this region have been attempting to consolidate their presence in the northern Sahel. With the aim of assisting Al-Qaida to achieve its objectives in the Maghreb and Sahel areas, AQIM has carried out several acts of terrorism in the region and, through Salah Eddine Gasmi, claimed responsibility for the abduction of two Austrian tourists in southern Tunisia on 22 February 2008. The two Austrian tourists were taken to northern Mali, where the Tarek ibn Ziad group, one of the components of AQIM in the Sahel-Sahara region, has its support base.
Salah Eddine Gasmi as the head of AQIM’s information committee is responsible for developing statements, circulating claims of responsibility for terrorist activities and creating videos for AQIM. He also has directed AQIM’s internet communications with Al-Qaida senior leadership.