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ISIS Expansion in Africa Alarming, Worrisome–US

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•Biden assures more support for Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

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US Ambassador, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who is the Acting Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, speaking at a UN Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts in New York, noted that ISIS affiliates are working together and gaining grounds in the continent.

The US has warned that the  international terrorist group, ISIS is evolving and the threat posed by it’s affiliates has reached an alarming rate in Africa which must be defeated.

“ISIS remains a serious threat . There is a surge in the threat posed by ISIS affiliates around the world, especially on the African continent. This poses a danger to us all”, he warned.

DeLaurentis said the 1267 Committee set up to tackle the growing challenge has already designated six ISIS affiliates operating in Africa, the Middle East, and Central and East Asia.

“We hope to see further affiliates, including more African affiliates, designated in the coming months”, he said.

The Ambassador declared that, the US, under President Biden, is committed to working with the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS to ensure this terrorist group is defeated on a lasting and comprehensive basis.

“ISIS remains a serious threat. The group exploits instability in Iraq and Syria, demonstrates intent to execute attacks abroad, and continues to inspire terrorist attacks from sub-Saharan Africa to the Asia-Pacific theater. Preventing an ISIS resurgence in Iraq and Syria, as well as by its affiliates and networks beyond the Middle East, remains a priority of the U.S. government along with our partners and allies in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS”, he said.

He added, “Since the fall of the physical caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the threat posed by ISIS and its affiliates has continued to evolve, and as an international community we must continually adapt our understanding of the threat, and our efforts to combat it.

He stressed that the global threat from ISIS will grow if the international community does not repatriate their citizens, while calling on  Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, CTED, and the 1267 Monitoring Team to closely monitor the threat and to continue to guide the UN Office of Counterterrorism’s prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration initiative.

“Beyond being the best option from a security standpoint, repatriation is also simply the right thing to do”, he said.

The Ambassador pointed out that the terrorists are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to expand,  disseminate disinformation to garner support for their causes and advance their agendas.

“Terror groups like ISIS are adapting their messages to undermine confidence in government, threaten legitimate governance, and provoke violence.
We must continue to work together to fight against these threats and defeat ISIS, and its affiliates, once and for all” the Ambassador said.

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