Security Council imposes sanctions against Islamist terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq

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The Security Council has imposed sanctions against Islamist terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

In a resolution adopted unanimously on Friday, the Council expressed concern that territory in parts of Syria and Iraq is under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al Nusrah Front  (ANF).

The Council condemned these groups and said their presence, violent extremist ideology and actions have a negative impact on stability in the two countries and the region.

Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom and President of the Security Council in August said the resolution sends a clear political message that the international community is united in its resolve to oppose and confront ISIL.

"It contains measures to choke off recruitment and target the growing phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters. It tackles the financing of terrorism, calling on all member states to cease immediately all trade and material support that enables ISIL and other terrorist groups to function. And it sanctions six ISIL and ANF individuals under the UN Al Qaeda sanctions regime, sending a clear signal that there is impunity for those who seek to support Al Qaeda or its splinter groups. Today this Council has shown that it will not stand idle in the face of terrorism and violations of human rights."(28")

Ambassador Lyall-Grant said by adopting the resolution, the Security Council has shown that it will not stand idle in the face of terrorism and violations of human rights.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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