US sanctions foreign fighter facilitators

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on eight people it says have helped finance or facilitated the movement of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State and the Nusra Front. Those are two Syrian extremist groups that have been the subject of recent American military strikes.

The individuals were designated global terrorists, an action that cuts them off from the U.S. banking system and freezes any assets that may have in the U.S.

The department also sanctioned three individuals and a charity accused of supporting a southeast Asian al-Qaida affiliate (Jemaah Islamiya) that is accused of bombing a Bali nightclub in 2002, killing more than 200.