UN member states voice anxieties over recent ISIS gains, surge in foreign fighters

A UN expert group said this week there were at least 25,000 foreigners from more than 100 countries fighting in various organizations tied to al-Qaida globally.

May 30, 2015 00:47
2 minute read.
UN Security Council

Members of UN Security Council during meeting at UN headquarters in New York , October 14. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Interior ministers from members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday voiced concern that some countries were not doing enough to prevent their citizens from traveling abroad and joining militant groups like Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

In a move sparked by Islamic State's military conquests, the 15-nation Security Council adopted a resolution last September at a meeting chaired by US President Barack Obama demanding that all states "prevent and suppress" the recruitment and travel of militant fighters to foreign conflicts.

But the results so far have not been perfect, the council said in a unanimously adopted statement. It cited "serious concern" that some countries do not provide other national authorities with advance passenger information while many have yet to criminalize attempts to join, aid or fund terrorism.

A UN expert group said this week there were at least 25,000 foreigners from more than 100 countries fighting in various organizations tied to al-Qaida globally.

The US homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, told the council that "much more work needs to be done."

"More needs to be done to strengthen legal systems where needed - in particular to criminalize the intent to travel as foreign terrorist fighters to commit terrorist acts, as well as to counter acts like training and facilitating terrorism activities - and do so as expeditiously as possible."

In a new report, the UN Counter-terrorism Committee identified a set of "priority measures" that must be taken, including those Johnson outlined.

The committee warned of the tendency of those trying to join militant organizations to break up travel to mask their ultimate destinations. It described the failure of most states to carry out immigration control of international transfer passengers at their airports as a "global systemic shortfall."

The committee also called for the need to do more to beef up law enforcement, preventing the use of the Internet to promote terrorism, cut off financing and criminalizing the financing of terrorist groups and individual terrorists.

Britain's top civil servant in the Home Office [interior ministry], Mark Sedwill, said Internet firms should not wait for state regulation before taking steps to prevent militants from using their services.

Lithuania's foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, who chaired the meeting as his country holds the rotating council presidency this month, cautioned that the fight against terrorism must be "in full respect of human rights, fundamental freedoms, pluralism, the rule of law, and democratic governance."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon.
May 22, 2019
UN envoy to Iraq calls for international support to prevent IS resurgence