United States Sanctions Supporters of Islamic State

The U.S. has imposed sanctions against over 30 leaders of the Islamic State radical group, finance supporters, and affiliated groups in an attempt to block the group from the global financial system.

The U.S. Treasury Department made an announcement that it had imposed sanctions against 15 IS figures, which included those that were identified as facilitators and supporters.

The U.S. State Department has designated 10 people as well as five groups as foreign terrorists, including citizens of Britain, France, a designation that automatically imposes penalties and sanctions on the individuals it announced.

The announcements are examples of the U.S. ramping up its effort of blocking the IS from the world’s financial system said a senior official in the U.S.

The U.S. Treasury is relentless in its effort to deplete the financial strength of the IS and in denying the violent, radical militant terrorist group any access to the global financial system, said the acting U.S. undersecretary.

The U.S. State Department designations included affiliates of the IS along with linked groups of the IS that are operating in both Algeria and Indonesia.

The new individuals designated included citizens of France, Britain, Russia, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Several people targeted by the U.S. Treasury were amongst the four citizens of Britain added to the UN al Qaeda sanctions list on Monday.

The diversity of nationalities on the list highlights the Islamic States global threat, said another U.S. official on a conference call.

For the past 18 months, the radical group has taken large swathes of land under its controls in both Syria and Iraq. The IS imposes its own Sharia Law and if people to not follow the law or convert then they are brutally murdered.

The group has come under heavy fire from a U.S. led coalition that has been hitting the organization with air strikes inside both Syria and Iraq in an attempt to bring a halt to the land they are taking under their control.

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