Italy breaks up Syrian jihadist funding ring

A network suspected of financing al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria has been dismantled. Fourteen people were arrested on the island of Sardinia and in parts of northern Italy. Police said 10 of those detained were suspected of money laundering and of illegally distributing money from across Europe to the jihadists.

Another four are described as militants in Sardinia suspected of being part of a support cell for al-Nusra Front. Al-Nusra Front was the official affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria. It later said it had broken off formal ties with al-Qaeda and merged with other jihadist groups to form the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance.