(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
The persistent threat posed by the Islamic State (IS), also
known as Da'esh, calls for non-military measures to counter
terrorism, Trend reports citing Al Arabiya .
'Despite its territorial defeat and subsequent leadership
losses, Da'esh has continued to pose a threat to international
peace and security, one that has been rising ever since the onset
of the COVID-19 pandemic,' UN Undersecretary-General Vladimir
Voronkov told the Security Council during a briefing.
Da'esh and its affiliates continue to exploit conflict dynamics,
governance fragilities and inequality to incite, plan and organize
terrorist attacks. They continue to exploit pandemic-related
restrictions and misuse digital spaces to intensify efforts to
recruit sympathizers and attract resources, said Voronkov, who
heads the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism.
Although their active presence and activity are observed mostly
in societies affected by violent conflict, Da'esh and its
affiliates also seek to inspire or direct attacks in non-conflict
zones to incite fear and project strength, he said.
'The persistence of the threat posed by Da'esh, as well as the
magnitude of the challenges it poses, underline the importance of
non-military measures to counter terrorism and to address its
consequences,' Voronkov stressed.
He said that resolving the conflicts in which Da'esh and
Al-Qaida thrive is necessary for creating the conditions to bring
about their defeat.
'But if we are to rid ourselves of this scourge, we must also
address the vulnerabilities, social grievances and inequality
exploited by the group in the first place, as well as promoting and
protecting human rights and the rule of law,' he concluded.
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