The U.N. Security Council has announced it has removed Osama bin Laden’s name from a list of sanctioned members of al-Qaeda.


The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a U.S. military raid on his compound in Abbottabad, in May 2011, the action condemned by Pakistan as violation of its sovereignty.


The Security Council approved of his delisting from the al-Qaeda sanctions list.

“Member states shall submit to the committee a request to unfreeze … assets and shall provide assurances to the committee that the assets will not be transferred, directly or indirectly, to a listed individual, group, undertaking or entity, or otherwise used for terrorist purposes,” a delisting statement read.


Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian, has assumed control over al-Qaeda following bin Laden’s death.


Al-Qaeda affiliates from Nigeria to Somalia and North Africa have sworn allegiance to Zawahiri. The U.S. still considers al-Qaeda a serious threat.