ISIL "barbaric acts" stiffens resolve of Security Council to defeat group

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A wide view of the Security Council in session (file photo). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The "ongoing barbaric terrorist acts" by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have stiffened the resolve of the UN Security Council to defeat the group.

The militants recently carried out a number of violent actions like the recent abduction of 100 Sunni tribesmen from outside Tikrit and the immolation of 45 people in the western town of Baghdadi.

ISIL and other Al-Qaeda affiliated operatives are also being condemned for the destruction of cultural heritage, religious sites and objects in Iraq and Syria.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Kidnappings, immolation and daily attacks targeting civilians in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, are some of the recent criminal acts carried out by ISIL.

Irreplaceable religious and cultural artifacts housed in the country's Mosul Museum were destroyed and thousands of books and rare manuscripts burned from the Mosul Library.

Income generated from the looting and smuggling of cultural heritage items is reportedly being used by ISIL to support recruitment efforts and strengthen their operational capacity or organize and carry out attacks.

The members of the Security Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence, and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.

They emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve.

A call was made to Governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to come together to counter the Islamist militant group.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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