UN: risk increased for international attacks by the Islamic State

With military setbacks in Syria and Iraq, there's an increased risk that Islamic State extremists will attempt to carry out attacks on international targets, a top UN official said Wednesday.

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, who briefed the UN Security Council on the latest UN report on the threat posed by the Islamic State, said that the extremist group has been militarily weakened, however the progress is not yet irreversible.

"Given its recent military setbacks, [the Islamic State] may be moving into a new phase, elevating the role of its affiliates, trying to move funds outside the current zones of conflict, and increasing the risk of complex, multi-wave and international attacks," Feltman said.

He noted that the extremist group's defeats in Syria and Iraq have led to an increase in the number of foreign fighters returning to their home countries, posing the risk of orchestrating attacks there.

Last update: Thu, 09/06/2016 - 09:48

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