Defence Web on 24 August reported that the UN Security Council has been told that, despite serious military setbacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) may still have around 20,000 fighters and continues its dangerous transformation into a covert global network, while focusing on the activities of its regional offshoots.  These were among the key findings in a new report into the threats posed by ISIL presented to the UN Security Council by senior UN counter-terrorism officials. While the flow of foreign ISIL fighters returning home is slower than feared, the dangers posed by bomb-making expertise gained in conflict zones, such as preparation of improvised explosive devices and weaponised drones, is a cause for concern.  Former fighters back in their home countries have the potential to radicalise others.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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