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Kuwaiti authorities released Hajjaj al Ajmi, who was recently designated a terrorist by both the US and the UN, after detaining him briefly on his return from Qatar. A Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Aug. 19 that security forces were on high alert over reports from Iraq that Islamic State militants were planning to infiltrate Kuwait's northern border.
Kuwaiti authorities detained Hajjaj al-Ajmi, a cleric recently added to the terrorist lists of the UN and the US, at the international airport on his arrival from Qatar. He is suspected of serving as a financier for the Al Nusrah Front in Syria. Another cleric, Shafi al-Ajmi, was detained briefly on Aug. 17 after returning from Saudi Arabia, but released. Shafi al-Ajmi, who was added to the US terrorist list with Hajjaj and another Kuwaiti man on Aug. 6, has threatened to sue the US Treasury to get his name off the blacklist.
The Kuwaiti government accepted the resignation of Justice and Islamic Affairs Minister Nayef al Ajmi. In March, the US Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence warned that Kuwait had become "the epicenter of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria," and said al Ajmi was known to have promoted Syrian jihad and that his picture had been used in Al Nusrah Front fundraising.