New US sanctions illustrate sprawling Islamic State network

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is imposing sanctions against 25 people and five groups around the world connected to the Islamic State.

The announcement Tuesday makes public American intelligence depicting an international organization with tentacles reaching across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The financial sanctions by the Treasury Department, and new foreign terrorist designations by the State Department, are aimed at disrupting the activities of Islamic State financial, logistical and recruiting operatives who may not be suitable targets of American bombs or drone strikes. Many live outside the theater of war in Iraq and Syria.

The sanctions are the largest such effort against the Islamic State, and demonstrate how far and wide the group's ideology has spread.