The United States has designated a Turkish-born German national as a global terrorist.

The action blocks any assets that Emrah Erdogan has in the United States and bans Americans from doing business with him.

Erdogan also is now on the United Nations' al-Qaida sanctions list.

The State Department says the 27-year-old recruited foreign fighters, raised funds and fought for al-Qaida and its Somalia-based affiliate, al-Shabab.

A department statement says Erdogan trained with al-Shabab and carried out attacks in Kenya and Uganda before being arrested in Tanzania in 2012.

He was deported to Germany, where he's serving a seven-year prison term.