Number of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq increases to 15,000

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The number of foreign terrorist fighters in the Syria and Iraq conflict has grown to more than 15,000.

Briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said the fighters come from over 80 countries.

Groups such as the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, and the Al-Nusra Front continue to terrorise communities in the Middle East.

ISIL has become infamous for public beheadings, executions, torture and rape in the region

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the problem of extreme ideology goes deep.

"The threat of foreign terrorist fighters and the scourge of violent extremism are not just security challenges, they are also political and development challenges affecting stability and the social fabric of communities, countries and regions. We must continue to think more deeply into the fundamental conditions that allow extremism to thrive. Looking at these challenges solely through a military lens has shown its limits."

At the same meeting, the Security Council repeated its position that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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