Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of State has designated Bulut Yayla under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction, in which Yayla has any interest is blocked and any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

Yayla is a trained operative of the DHKP/C, a Marxist terrorist organization which used a suicide bomber to attack U.S. Embassy Ankara on February 1, 2013. In March 2013, the group attacked the political headquarters of the AKP party and the Turkish Ministry of Justice. The DHKP/C advocates a Marxist-Leninist ideology and opposes the United States’ and Turkish governments, as well as NATO. Its goal is the establishment of a socialist state in Turkey.

In addition to Yayla’s designation under E.O. 13224, the U.S. Department of State has also reviewed the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation of the DHKP/C and maintained it, in accordance with Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. As a result, the legal consequences of the designation remain in place, including the prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to the DHKP/C, and the freezing of all DHKP/C assets under the control or possession of U.S. financial institutions.

In announcing this designation and the conclusion of the FTO review, the State Department seeks to emphasize our commitment to combating all forms of terrorism.

PRN: 2013/0919