UN slaps sanctions on 8 linked to Islamic State and al-Qaida

AP News
Posted: Jul 20, 2017 11:47 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to impose sanctions against eight individuals and businesses linked to the Islamic State extremist group and al-Qaida.

The eight additions to the U.N. sanctions blacklist include IS leaders in Southeast Asia, IS-affiliated extremist groups in Syria, foreign fighters from the Caucuses and illicit money exchange businesses.

The U.S.-drafted resolution adopted Thursday also urges greater international cooperation to cut off funding to extremist groups, prevent them from acquiring weapons, and step up cooperation to address the issues of fighters for IS and al-Qaida returning home.

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U.S. deputy ambassador Michele Sison called the resolution "another important step" to defeat the two extremist groups, stressing that "for the United States, there is no higher priority."

Sison said "there will be more designations" to the sanctions blacklist.