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UNSC Approves Action against ISIS
Nov 27, 2015

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution calling on all nations to redouble and coordinate action to prevent further attacks by Islamic State terrorists and other extremist groups. The resolution says the Islamic State group constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security.

  • The measure is the 14th terrorism-related resolution adopted by the U.N.'s most powerful body since 1999.

  • The resolution  was adopted a week after violent extremists launched a coordinated gun and bomb assault that killed 130 people in Paris which the Islamic State claims it carried out.

  • It also comes eight days after twin suicide bombings in Beirut killed 43 people, and three weeks after a Russian airliner crashed over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killing all 224 people on board—both attacks also claimed by IS.

  • The resolution unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms these and earlier horrifying terrorist attacks carried out by the Islamic State this year in Sousse, Tunisia and Ankara, Turkey, and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

  • "The resolution sent a clear, unambiguous message that there will be no respite from our collective efforts to stop, suppress and destroy ISIS.

  • Now the France government will scale up its efforts so as to galvanize the international community as a whole to vanquish ISIS.

  • The resolution calls on U.N. member states "that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures" against the Islamic State group and all other violent extremist groups "to eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria."

  • The resolution does not constitute an authorization for military action, however, because the resolution is not drafted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter which is the only way the UN can give a green light to the use of force.

  • The resolution urges U.N. member states to intensify their efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters in Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress the financing on terrorism.

  • The new resolution draws on language in the resolution the council adopted a day after the deadliest terrorist attacks ever on American soil on Sept. 11, 2001 which also called on all countries to redouble their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts including by increased cooperation.

  • The resolution expresses the council's determination to swiftly update the list of people and organizations subject to U.N. sanctions "to better reflect the threat" posed by the Islamic State group.

The UN Security Council currently has on the table two other terrorism-related resolutions, one by Russia circulated Wednesday evening and another on Boko Haram sponsored by the council's three African members, Chad, Nigeria and Angola.


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