UN Security Council blacklists foreign fighters, recruiters

September 24, 2014 02:58

A United Nations Security Council committee blacklisted on Tuesday more than a dozen foreign extremist fighters, fundraisers and recruiters tied to militant groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Yemen, including a senior Islamic State leader.

Individuals from France, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Senegal and Kuwait are among those targeted by the Security Council's al Qaeda sanctions committee for an arms embargo, global travel ban and asset freeze.

France submitted three of the individuals to the committee, while the United States proposed 11 individuals and the groups Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, which has links to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb and has recruited Tunisian youth to fight in Syria, and the al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades.

The UN action coincides with the expected adoption on Wednesday, at a meeting due to be chaired by US President Barack Obama, of a UN Security Council resolution to suppress foreign extremist fighters.

It also comes as Obama builds an international coalition to fight Islamic State militants, who have captured swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq and urged followers to attack citizens of various countries.

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