Security Council to discuss growing danger of foreign terrorist fighters

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Samantha Power. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

One of the main highlights in the work of the Security Council this month is a meeting of world leaders to discuss terrorism.

That's what Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States told reporters on Wednesday as she outlined the programme of work for the Council during her country's presidency in September.

September is also an important month in the calendar of the United Nations as world leaders gather in New York for their annual general debate on various global issues.

Ambassador Power said the Security Council has a very busy schedule that includes several important meetings this month.

"The headline, of course, is on September 25th when President Obama will convene a Security Council summit to draw high-level international attention and action to the growing and dangerous phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters. This meeting will be at the head of state or head of government level. Events of the last couple of months, particularly with regards to the expansion of ISIL in Iraq and Syria have driven this point home." (25")

Ambassador Power said there is a surge in terrorists travelling from around the globe specifically to fight in foreign conflicts.

Each fighter, she added, participates in brutal atrocities in the countries they travel to and often return home radicalized by their experiences.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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