The jihadist group continues to "motivate and enable" global attacks and funnel funds to supporters. Growing attacks in Europe and Asia confirm demonstrate that Isis is an international threat. Special care should be given to radicalized minors returning home after undergoing advanced IS training.
New York (AsiaNews) - The Islamic State (IS) group continues to "motivate and enable" global attacks and funnel funds to supporters despite military blows to its so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, according to a UN report Thursday.
The 24-page text, prepared by a panel of experts for the Security Council, noted that remittances sent abroad -- often in small sums, making them difficult to detect -- comes as IS steps up its international efforts "as demonstrated by the higher pace of attacks in Europe."
Funding sources are still based on oil profits and the imposition of taxes on local populations in the areas under its control. In addiction, the Islamic State group makes as much as 100 million annually by trafficking looted antiquities out of Iraq and Syria and selling them on the black market
Beyond Europe, IS is seeking to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia, the report said, citing the southern Philippines where a bloody urban siege in Marawi has killed almost 700 people in more than two months fighting.
It noted that the number "of foreign terrorist fighters" travelling to Iraq and Syria "has continued to fall. In addition, the financial situation of the (IS) core continues to deteriorate," mainly due to military pressure against the group.
Special care however should be given to radicalised minors returning home after undergoing advanced IS training. This group requires "specific attention and strategies that take into account the legal protections afforded to minors."
The report added that stiff resistance in Mosul – Iraq's second largest city which was declared "liberated" by the government in July – shows that the IS command and control structure "has not broken down completely," and remains "a significant military threat."
In addition, IS has learnt to modify commercially available drones and even build its own drones for reconnaissance and bombing missions.
Fellow jihadist group Al-Qaeda meanwhile maintains powerful networks in West Africa, East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, particularly Yemen, with localised alliances allowing the movement of fighters between the two rival outfits.
The expert panel called on the Security Council to remind member states that paying ransom for hostages was illegal in view on UN sanctions on both groups.
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United Nations special envoy, Jan Kubi, speaks of "evidence of heinous crimes" committed by jihadi militias. Daesh cannot be just "militarily" eradicated, instead "the root causes" of violence needs to be addressed. Humanitarian crisis in the country worsens with at least 10 million people depending on aid.
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Mufti Al Muhaysini addresses jihadi fighters across Syria, calling for "unity, organisation and rapprochement" based on the "general fundamentals of Islam." A sworn enemy of the Islamic State, the qur‘anic judge has tried to ingratiate himself with the likes of Shia Hezbollah. However, his unifying language has not convinced any jihadi groups.
A place dedicated to encounter and literature opens in the former capital of the Caliphate. The jihadists burned books and whipped those who read forbidden texts. Marx and Nietzsche are also on the shelves today. The project was born thanks to the commitment of two thirty-year-old engineers who want to be "open to all sectors" and change society.