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Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday designated Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev a threat to the security of the United States and to U.S. citizens.
Powell, in a notice in the Federal Register, said Basayev, 38, ``has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism'' against U.S. interests.
The State Department said Basayev has links to the al-Qaida terror network. Together with Britain and Russia, the United States asked the United Nations to impose travel sanctions on him and to block shipment of arms and financial contributions to the rebels by all U.N. members.
The US Government is to add three rebel groups from Russia's breakaway republic of Chechnya to its list of terrorist organisations, State Department officials have said.
The officials said the three groups would be blacklisted as early as next week, which would automatically lead to the freezing of any assets they may have in the US.
Russia, which has long been asking Washington to take action against the Chechen rebel groups, has hailed the decision as a "long-awaited news".