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US Sanctions 2 Men as IS Financial Facilitators


FILE - This undated file image posted on an extremist website on Jan. 14, 2014, shows fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria.

FILE - This undated file image posted on an extremist website on Jan. 14, 2014, shows fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria.

The U.S. government imposed sanctions Thursday on two men identified as financial facilitators for the Islamic State group.

Mohamad Alsaied Alhmidan and Hussam Jamous, both based in Turkey, have been designated by the U.S. Treasury Department. The action makes their property and interests in property subject to U.S. legal judgments, and they cannot engage in transactions with anyone in the U.S.

The Treasury says Alhmidan facilitated the movement of tens of thousands of dollars and foreign fighters, and provided logistical support to Islamic State.

Jamous was also allegedly involved in the movement of foreign fighters, and served as a financial intermediary for Islamic State members.

"Today's action marks the latest step in Treasury's efforts to cut off ISIL's finances and underscores that ISIL financial facilitators are not beyond the reach of the international campaign to defeat ISIL," a Treasury statement released Thursday said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

The two join a long list of Islamic State members who have been sanctioned for their roles in facilitating funds sent to the terror group over the past year.

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