UN envoy to Iraq calls for international support to prevent IS resurgence

"We risk creating a new breeding ground for the next generation of terrorists."

May 22, 2019 09:32
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon.

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul June 23, 2014.. (photo credit: REUTERS/STRINGER)


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The UN envoy to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, has requested, "wide-based international support" to hamper Islamic State activity in the country, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. 

"We risk creating a new breeding ground for the next generation of terrorists," Hennis-Plasschaert told the Security Council if they do not deal with the returning IS fighters, the report continued. 
Hennis-Plasschaert quoted a US official saying that the Islamic State "is re-surging. They rested, moved and are active," according to AP. 

In March, the Islamic force was declared defeated by Syrian Democratic Forces commander Mustafa Bali.

Its ruthless reign began as it invaded Iraq in 2004. In 2011, the terrorist group gained leverage in Syria, as the country was amidst an internal crises. Soon the group went on to claim international influence with attacks in Paris, among other places. 

The terrorist organization is responsible for various human rights violations and war crimes, including the ethnic cleansing of the Yazidis.

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