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UN Security Council Demands IS, al-Nusra Disband, Adds Six to Sanctions List

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Following the capture of territory in Iraq by the Islamic State (IS) group, also known as ISIL or ISIS, the UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Islamic State’s and al-Nusra Front’s recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters, saying their presence is exacerbating the conflict.

UNITED NATIONS, August 15 (RIA Novosti) - Following the capture of territory in Iraq by the Islamic State (IS) group, also known as ISIL or ISIS, the UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the Islamic State’s and al-Nusra Front’s recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters, saying their presence is exacerbating the conflict.

In the resolution, the Security Council expresses its “gravest concern that territory in parts of Iraq and Syria is under the control of ISIL and Al Nusrah Front and about the negative impact of their presence, violent extremist ideology and actions on stability in Iraq, Syria and the region.”

Following a similar Russian-drafted Presidential Statement on the topic, Friday's resolution emphasizes how oil fields and related infrastructure controlled by the IS and al Nusra are strengthening their operational capability.

The resolution “demands that ISIL [IS], ANF, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida cease all violence and terrorist acts, and disarm and disband with immediate effect.”

The resolution adds six individuals to the Security Council's Al-Qaida sanctions regime. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State or ISIL has been listed since October 5, 2011.

More names are being solicited. The Security Council concludes that it “encourages the submission of listing requests to the Committee by Member States of individuals and entities supporting ISIL, ANF, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida.”

 

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