• IS threat remains despite military blows – UN report

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    UNITED NATIONS, United States: The Islamic State group continues to “motivate and enable” global attacks and funnel funds to supporters despite military blows to its so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, according to a UN report on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

    The 24-page text, prepared by a panel of experts for the Security Council, noted that remittances sent abroad—often in small sums, making them difficult to detect—comes as IS steps up its international efforts “as demonstrated by the higher pace of attacks in Europe.”

    Funding sources are still based on oil profits and the imposition of taxes on local populations in the areas under its control.

    Beyond Europe, IS is seeking to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia, the report said, citing the southern Philippines where a bloody urban siege has killed almost 700 people in more than two months fighting.

    It noted that the number “of foreign terrorist fighters” traveling to Iraq and Syria “has continued to fall. In addition, the financial situation of the (IS) core continues to deteriorate,” mainly due to military pressure against the group.

    Special care however should be given to radicalized minors returning home after undergoing advanced IS training. This group requires “specific attention and strategies that take into account the legal protections afforded to minors.”

    AFP

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