UN urges world to shut down extremists' resources

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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:46 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is urging countries to deny the Islamic State and other extremist groups their sources of money and fighters by shutting down oil trade, refusing ransom payments, tightening security checks and more.

A council statement Wednesday follows a new U.N. report that recommends new sanctions but warns that sanctions alone are insufficient to counter the global terror threat.

Council members in an open debate are expressing alarm that the new wave of fighters are younger, more diverse and skilled in using social media to attract thousands of foreigners. Australian Ambassador Gary Quinlan warns that a significant number have European passports.