UN / ISIL DAESH

11-Feb-2019 00:01:55
A UN counter-terrorism expert said of all international terrorist organizations, ISIL remained “the most likely to carry out a large-scale, complex attack.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ISIL DAESH
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

11 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations:
“Of all international terrorist organizations, it remains the most likely to carry out a large-scale, complex attack. And it continues this determination to undermine stabilization efforts, and to fuel sectarian tensions is also a major concern.”
4. Wide shot, Coninsx at meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), United Nations:
“It was apparent that reconstruction would take many years and would require significant resources, as well as restoring and reconciling communities after so many years of conflict. It will require a comprehensive criminal justice that abides by the rule of law, and it will only succeed through the continued commitment and involvement of local, national, regional, and international actors.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism:
“Despite the more concealed or locally embedded activities of ISIL cells, its central leadership retains an influence and maintains an intent to generate internationally-directed attacks and thereby still plays an important role in advancing the group’s objectives.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism:
“The threat of terrorism is a global challenge. It has grown in magnitude and impact over the last several decades. It does not recognize any geographical or perceived borders. Given the complexity, it is only through a well-coordinated multilateral response that we can address this challenge.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
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A UN counter-terrorism expert said of all international terrorist organizations, ISIL remained “the most likely to carry out a large-scale, complex attack.”

Addressing the Security Council today (11 Feb), Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, said despite ISIL’s dwindling territorial control, many challenges remain in tackling the group. She said ISIL, also known as Da’esh, has been forced to adapt into a covert and more locally-focused network in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, but remained determined to “undermine stabilization efforts, and to fuel sectarian tensions.”

Coninsx said ISIL’s destructive legacy remained in Syria and Iraq, manifested in the millions of displaced persons and immense destruction left behind. She said she witnessed the harrowing devastation first-hand during her visit to Iraq last year. She added, “It was apparent that reconstruction would take many years and would require significant resources, as well as restoring and reconciling communities after so many years of conflict. It will require a comprehensive criminal justice that abides by the rule of law, and it will only succeed through the continued commitment and involvement of local, national, regional, and international actors.”

Coninsx noted another challenge facing the international community was the growing number of terrorist suspects and offenders in countries around the world, including returning foreign terrorist fighters. She said it was vital that countries continuously monitor the effectiveness of their prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration strategies which must include appropriate protection of international human rights, taking into consideration age and gender sensitivities.

The Executive Director also noted that ISIL and its affiliates have consistently demonstrated their intent and ability to exploit new technologies and seek innovative ways to circumvent obstacles to its financial, technical and recruitment capabilities.

The Head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said ISIL remained a threat as a global organization with centralized leadership, despite a fall in international attacks and plots in 2018. He stressed that the group still controlled between 14,000 and 18,000 militants in Iraq and Syria and continued to evolve into a covert network. He said, “Despite the more concealed or locally embedded activities of ISIL cells, its central leadership retains an influence and maintains an intent to generate internationally-directed attacks and thereby still plays an important role in advancing the group’s objectives.”

Voronkov said people who have failed to reach the core conflict zone or have been redirected elsewhere either by ISIL or at their own initiative, may contribute to increasing the threat posed by the group, which has already been observed in Europe and South-East Asia.

Voronkov underscored that the threat of terrorism is a “global challenge” which has grown in magnitude and impact over the last several decades. He added, “It does not recognize any geographical or perceived borders. Given the complexity, it is only through a well-coordinated multilateral response that we can address this challenge.”
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