UNSC warned of in­creased risk for terror at­tack

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

UNITED NA­TIONS—The threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) and its as­so­ciates re­mains high and con­tin­ues to di­ver­sify, the top United Na­tions po­lit­i­cal of­fi­cial has told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and warned of an in­creased risk of a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional at­tack.

Un­der-Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs Jef­frey Felt­man told the 15mem­ber Counil on Wed­nes­day that while mil­i­tary set­backs in Iraq and Syria ac­count for an in­creased in the rate of re­turnee for­eign ter­ror­ist fight­ers, “ISIL is yet to be strate­gi­cally or ir­re­versibly weak­ened.”

He also warned of an in­flow of arms and am­mu­ni­tion di­rectly or in­di­rectly into ISIL-held ter­ri­tory. “Given its re­cent mil­i­tary set­backs, ISIL may be mov­ing into a new phase, el­e­vat­ing the role of its af­fil­i­ates; try­ing to move funds out­side the cur­rent zones of con­flict; and in­creas­ing the risk of com­plex, mul­ti­wave and in­ter­na­tional at­tacks,” Felt­man cau­tioned.—APP

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