UN / COVID-19 ISIL

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The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, told the Security Council that “measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19, such as lockdowns and restrictions on movement, seem to have reduced the risk of terrorist attacks in many countries.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism:
“Since the start of the year, we have seen contrasting regional disparities in the threat trajectory. In conflict zones, the threat has increased, as evidenced by ISIL’s regrouping and increasing activity in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, and among some of its regional affiliates. However, in non-conflict zones, the threat appears to have decreased in the short term. Measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19, such as lockdowns and restrictions on movement, seem to have reduced the risk of terrorist attacks in many countries.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism:
“The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the challenges we face in eliminating the threat of terrorism. ISIL and other terrorist groups seek to exploit the far-reaching disruption and negative socio-economic and political impacts of the pandemic. As emphasized during the Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week, strengthening collective action and international counter-terrorism cooperation must remain a priority during and after the pandemic.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate:
“The dire situation faced by thousands of ISIL-associated women and children in the detention camps of north and eastern Syria remains a major major challenge for the international community. The COVID-19 pandemic risks exacerbating an already untenable humanitarian, human rights, and security situation. Indefinite detention is legally unjustifiable and has significant security and moral implications.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Even though ISIS and its so-called Caliphate have been defeated on the battlefield, we must work together to ensure that the population of detained foreign terrorist fighters, as well as their family members displaced in Syria and Iraq do not become a nucleus of an ISIS 2.0. We share the Secretary-General’s deep concerns regarding the thousands of foreign terrorist fighters and their family members, most of whom are young children, who are still in camps and detention facilities. Foreign terrorist fighters must face prosecution and accountability for their crimes, and we need to rehabilitate and reintegrate family members so that a new generation of ISIS fighters does not emerge.”
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STORYLINE:

The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov, today (24 Aug) told the Security Council that “measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19, such as lockdowns and restrictions on movement, seem to have reduced the risk of terrorist attacks in many countries.”

Presenting the Secretary-General’s report “on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat,” Voronkov noted “contrasting regional disparities in the threat trajectory” since the start of the year.

He said that ‘in conflict zones, the threat has increased, as evidenced by ISIL’s regrouping and increasing activity in Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic, and among some of its regional affiliates,” while “in non-conflict zones, the threat appears to have decreased in the short term.”

The UN official said “the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the challenges we face in eliminating the threat of terrorism” as ISIL and other terrorist groups “seek to exploit the far-reaching disruption and negative socio-economic and political impacts of the pandemic.”

Voronkov said, “strengthening collective action and international counter-terrorism cooperation must remain a priority during and after the pandemic.”

In her briefing to the Council, the Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, Michèle Coninsx, said, “the dire situation faced by thousands of ISIL-associated women and children in the detention camps of north and eastern Syria remains a major challenge for the international community.”

Coninsx said the COVID-19 pandemic “risks exacerbating an already untenable humanitarian, human rights, and security situation. Indefinite detention is legally unjustifiable and has significant security and moral implications.”

For her part, United States Ambassador Kelly Craft said, “even though ISIS and its so-called Caliphate have been defeated on the battlefield, we must work together to ensure that the population of detained foreign terrorist fighters, as well as their family members displaced in Syria and Iraq do not become a nucleus of an ISIS 2.0.”

Craft noted that most of the detained family members are young children and said, “foreign terrorist fighters must face prosecution and accountability for their crimes, and we need to rehabilitate and reintegrate family members so that a new generation of ISIS fighters does not emerge.”

The report was prepared by the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team of the ISIL and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, and with contributions from other United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities.
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