US imposes sanctions against Syrian-based radical group

The U.S. is imposing sanctions on a Syrian-based radical group formerly affiliated with al-Qaida.

The State Department says Tuesday in a statement that Jund al-Aqsa (JUHND ahl AHK'-sah) had once been part of the group that had been known as the Nusra Front, a splinter group of al-Qaida that later cut its ties with the extremist organization. Jund al-Aqsa primarily operates in the northern Syrian cities of Idlib (IHD'-lihb) and Hama (HAH'-mah).

The State Department says that Jund al-Aqsa has been found to "have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States."