September 28, 2022

ISIS threat growing despite leadership loss: UN

ISIS has lost many of its key leaders in Iraq and Syria, including the group’s leader in Syria, Maher al-Agil, who was killed by US forces.

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The United Nations has said that despite the defeat at the regional level and the end of leadership, the threat from ISIS remains.

ISIS affiliates are exploiting conflict and social inequality to foment unrest and plan terrorist attacks, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

“Pandemic restrictions and changes in the digital space have given the group opportunities to step up its recruitment efforts and secure more funding, and over the past year it has increasingly been using drones in attacks, such as that has been seen in northern Iraq.’

Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism and head of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, told the Security Council that ISIS’s growth is partly due to the group’s decentralized internal structure, which includes ‘provincials’. General Directorate’ and related ‘Offices’ have been established, made possible as a result of adoption.

He added that these are designed to organize and finance terrorist activities around the world, from Central, South and West Africa to Europe and Afghanistan, and make it clear that terrorist groups Have long-term goals and aspirations.

“A better understanding of this structure and continued monitoring is essential to countering and deterring the threat posed by ISIS,” Voronkov said.

He was addressing the Security Council meeting in which the 15th report of the United Nations Secretary General was discussed. The report discusses the threats posed by Daesh to international peace and security.

This risk is particularly high in conflict zones, it said. It warned, however, that it could soon spread to more stable areas where extremist groups and their affiliates are seeking to ‘incite fear and promote power’ as they face ‘security gaps and (deteriorating) conditions’. are being used for recruitment and dissemination of terrorism to carry out sophisticated attacks in a systematic manner.’

The report added that the situation has worsened due to the global economic downturn and rising inflation, as well as measures taken by governments to deal with them.

ISIS has lost many of its key leaders in Iraq and Syria, including the group’s leader in Syria, Maher al-Agil, who was killed by US forces.

However, despite these losses, the UN report said there had been “no significant change in the direction of the group or its operations” in Iraq and Syria.

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