Al-Qaida / ISIL / Associates


15 October 1999 - Present
(about 24 years)
Sanction Types
  • Travel (individual travel ban)
  • Asset freeze (individual / entity / government)
  • Diplomatic (limit diplomatic representation)
  • Arms (individual arms imports embargo)
  • Commodity (heroin processing chemical imports ban, Iraqi and Syrian cultural property exports ban)
  • Transportation (aviation ban)

Territorial delimitation during EP2 to areas of Afghanistan under Taliban control - until Jan 2002.

Conditional sanctions measures on foreign terrorist fighters during EP5.

Note: This list includes measures applied to the Taliban, which were included in the same sanctions regime between 1999 and 2011.

Non-UN Sanctions
Regional (EU), Unilateral (US, UK, other)
Other Policy Instruments
Diplomacy, Legal tribunals, Threat of military force, Use of military force, Covert measures


On 7 August 1998, the US embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya were bombed. Afghanistan under the Taliban was mentioned as a haven for terrorists in UNSCR 1193 on 28 August 1998. In November of the same year, Usama bin Laden was indicted by the US for his involvement in the bombings. UNSCR 1214 (8 December 1998) included a long list of grievances against the Taliban in addition to its provision of sanctuary and training to terrorists, including ceasefire violations, and called for a resumption of negotiations, adherence to international law, and an end to the cultivation, production, and trafficking of illegal drugs.

The Taliban sanctions regime was formally separated from the Al-Qaida and associates sanctions regime in June 2011 with UNSCR 1988 (establishing a separate Taliban regime) and UNSCR 1989 (establishing a separate Al-Qaida and associates regime).


The analysis of the Al-Qaida / ISIL / Associates (AQ / ISIL / A) case is divided into the following episodes (also navigable via the numbers in the top bar):