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US Sanctions 2 Men with Al-Qaida Ties

An Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra fighter talks on a walkie-talkie while carrying his weapon on Al-Khazan frontline of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS CO

The United States has imposed sanctions on two Islamist extremists for alleged ties to al-Qaida and the al-Nusra Front.

The U.S. Treasury Friday named Saudi national Abdul Mohsen Abdullah Ibrahim al-Sharikh as one of al-Nusra's top strategists and an al-Qaida facilitator in Syria. He is one of Saudi Arabia's most wanted terrorists. Al-Sharikh has previously served in al-Qaida’s Iran-based network and as a key financial facilitator for al-Qaida in Pakistan.

A Kuwaiti national named Hamid Hamad Hamid al 'Ali was also designated by the Treasury Department today.

Treasury said Al-‘Ali has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help the al-Nusra Front purchase weapons and supplies. Al-'Ali has also raised money for al-Qaida, calling himself an “al-Qaida commando.”

Any assets these two may have under U.S. jurisdiction have been frozen and U.S. citizens are now prohibited from conducting business with them.

The United Nations has already added Al-‘Ali and al-Sharikh to its al-Qaida sanctions list, subjecting them to international sanctions and a travel ban.

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