Report: Israel says nine Japanese nationals have joined Islamic State

United Nations Security Council blacklists more than a dozen foreign extremists tied to Islamic state.

September 26, 2014 18:34
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An Islamic State terrorist holds a flag with the group's insignia.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Japan is looking into an Israeli intelligence tip according to which nine of its nationals have joined Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, according to The Japan Times.

Tokyo said that the former Israeli ambassador to Japan, Nissim Ben-Shitrit, informed the current head of the Japanese Air Force that Jerusalem had obtained information indicating that nine Japanese nationals had enlisted into the ranks of Islamic State terrorists.

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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-Qaida 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-Qaida-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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