IS and Nusra blacklisted by U.N. Security Council


The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken ISIS and al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front. File photo

ARA News 

Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan – On Friday, the United Nations’ Security Council adopted a resolution targeting Islamist militants of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and al-Qaeda affiliated group of Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front). 

The resolution entailed blacklisting 6 people responsible for financing, recruiting, and supplying weapons to these militants. The blacklisted people included spokesman of the Islamic State. 

The U.N. Security Council’s resolution named six people who will be subject to an international travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo, including Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, an Iraqi described by U.N. experts as one of the group’s “most influential emirs” and close to its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

All 15 members of the council adopted the resolution on Friday.

The Security council’s resolutions followed growing power of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, its attacks against Iraqi minorities including Christians and Yezidis, and the threat the group formed on the borders of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq. 

However, according to observers, this resolution will not operate efficiently to eliminate Islamists power in Syria and Iraq, especially with the IS control of oil fields in both countries. 

“The Baghdadi-led Islamic State (IS) currently holds control over 90% of Syria’s oil fields, especially in Deir ez-Zor province, which makes the group more powerful and independent of the blacklisted funders,” Ihsan Emmo, Syrian opposition activist, told ARA News on Friday. “We were expecting a more brave stance by the U.N. Security Council against Islamist militants in the region, but unfortunately this resolution means that IS continue its violations against civilians for a long time in Syria and Iraq.” 


Reporting by: Mizgin Simo 

Source: ARA News

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