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Donald Trump. Photo: Chris Kleponis - Pool / Getty Images

The U.S. Treasury Department is slapping new sanctions on ISIS facilitators in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. This comes in advance of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip to several nations, including Turkey, next week.

Why it matters: After the defeat of ISIS’ physical caliphate, there are concerns from the Pentagon that ISIS is building up around the world. ISIS may be dispersed, not destroyed.

The sanctions target:

  • Yunus Emre Sakarya and his Turkey-based electronics business, which were helping ISIS obtain drone parts for ISIS.
  • Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar, who was helping transfer funds and facilitating weapons purchases for ISIS in the Philippines.
  • Mohamed Mire Ali Yusuf and his company are targeted in Somalia.

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President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.