UN Security Council condemns militant activities in Iraq, Syria

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on sanctions against extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, in a move to cut off funding to these groups.


In the unanimously approved resolution, the 15-member Council expressed "its gravest concern that territory in parts of Iraq and Syria is under the control of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al Nusrah Front (ANF) and about the negative impact of their presence, against actions on stability in Iraq, Syria and the region."


As the militants, particularly ISIL, have over the past two months, carried out deadly attacks in Iraq and Syria, the Council unanimously adopted a United Kingdom-led resolution noting grave concern at "the negative impact of their violent actions on the stability of the region, the devastating humanitarian impact on the civilian populations and the role of these groups in fomenting sectarian tensions."


The ongoing turmoil in northern Iraq has led the UN to designate its highest level emergency "Level 3" for the resultant humanitarian crisis, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people.


In its resolution, the Security Council deplored and condemned in the strongest terms "the terrorist acts of ISIL, it’s violent and continued gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law."


It also reaffirmed that all the concerned states shall prevent the direct or indirect supply sale or transfer to ISIL and Al-Nusra and associated individuals and groups, of arms and related materials.


The Council also notes with concern that oilfields and related infrastructure controlled by ISIL and Al-Nusra are generating income which support their recruitment efforts and strengthen their operational capability to organise and carry out militant activities.


Recalling that the asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo requirements in paragraph 1 of its resolution 2161 (2014) apply to ISIL, Al-Nusra Front, and all other individual groups, the Council directed the team tasked with monitoring violations of those sanctions to report "within 90 days on the threat, including to the region, posed by [ISIL and Al-Nusra], their sources of arms, funding, recruitment, demographics and recommendations for additional action to address the threat."

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