UN Security Council voices concern about ISIL threat in Iraq

UN Security Council voices concern about ISIL threat in Iraq
Thu Jul 31, 2014 08:06:15

The United Nations Security Council has expressed concerns over the crisis created by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq, calling them “a major threat.”

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday, expressing the 15-member world body’s concerns regarding the situation.

The resolution also extended the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) for another year.

The Security Council "recognizes that security of United Nations personnel is essential for UNAMI to carry out its work for the benefit of the people of Iraq and calls upon the government of Iraq to continue to provide security and logistical support to the United Nations presence in Iraq," said the resolution.

The ISIL terrorists currently control a swathe of eastern Syria and western Iraq.

The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL Takfiri militants took control of Mosul, in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital Baghdad.

More than a million people have been displaced in Iraq so far this year, according to the United Nations.

The ISIL has vowed to continue its raid towards Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul a “conspiracy.”


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