Germany plans tighter terrorism laws to prevent travel, financing by foreign fighters

The German government plans tighter laws to prevent foreign fighters from traveling to Syria, Iraq and other regions with the intention of joining a terror group.

The Cabinet will discuss a bill Wednesday that would make it an offense to try to leave Germany with the aim of joining the Islamic State group or other terrorist organizations.

A second measure would give authorities additional legal firepower to prosecute anyone who funnels even small amounts of money to terrorist groups.

The bill, seen by the AP Tuesday, would still need to be passed by Parliament before it becomes law, which would bring German regulations in line with a 2014 U.N. Security Council resolution.

Some 600 people have traveled from Germany to fight in Syria or Iraq.