UAE claims readiness to join global battle on ISIL

UAE claims readiness to join global battle on ISIL
Wed Sep 3, 2014 23:19:53

The Persian Gulf state of United Arab Emirates (UAE), widely believed to be the key backer of Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, has reportedly voiced “readiness” to back global efforts to confront the threat from ISIL terrorists, amid calls by Western powers for an international fight against the Takfiri terrorism.

The UAE affirms "its solidarity with regional and international efforts against terrorist threats... and its readiness to take needed measures to confront this phenomenon in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2170," its foreign ministry said in Wednesday statement.

The resolution, passed last month, seeks to cut funds and the flow of foreign fighters both to the ISIL terrorists, which have seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, and to Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front.

The UAE said it "stands against terrorist threats facing our region and the world, especially with the dangerous human rights violations by terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria and other Arab and Muslim countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Afghanistan suffering from... movements such as IS, Al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda."

Last month, Washington confirmed reports that UAE warplanes had twice bombed militias in Libya.

Abu Dhabi "strongly condemns the continuing terrorist and criminal acts by extremist groups, especially the so-called IS... that undermine regional and international stability," said the statement carried by the official WAM news agency.

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