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UN Warns Against Complacency in Fight Against IS

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Added On February 9, 2018

A senior UN official has warned against complacency in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group despite its recent military setbacks on its battle fields.
 
Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-general for UN Counter-Terrorism Office, made the warnings when addressing the UN Security Council on Thursday in UN headquarter.
 
He said the fight against the IS is entering a new phase after the terrorist group's decisive defeat, but the group and its affiliates continue to pose a significant and evolving threat around the world.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): VLADIMIR VORONKOV, UN Under-Secretary General
"The IS is no longer focused on conquering and holding territory. It has been forced to adapt and focus primarily on smaller and more motivated groups of individuals who remain committed to inspiring, enabling and carrying out attacks. It is now organized as a global network with a flat hierarchy and less operational control over its affiliates."
 
Voronkov said returning foreign terrorist fighters and those who relocate to other regions continue to present a considerable threat to international security. 
   
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): VLADIMIR VORONKOV, UN Under-Secretary General
"The structure of ISIL's global propaganda machinery and the quantity and quality of its output continue to deteriorate. However, ISIL members and sympathizers are still able to use social media, including encryption technology and communication tool within the dark web, to communicate, coordinate and facilitate attacks."
 
Voronkov said IS is still able to generate income through extortion and the control of checkpoints.  
 
He added a key concern is how to allow reconstruction and stabilization funds to flow into areas liberated from the IS, while preventing the much-needed funds from ending up in IS's hands.