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UN experts: Islamic State still poses world threat

Sofian Khan

The Islamic State (IS) extremist group still poses “a significant and evolving threat around the world” regardless the recent setbacks in Syria, Iraq and the southern Philippines that forced the militants to relinquish strongholds, United Nations (UN) experts said.Their report to the UNSC circulated Tuesday said IS “has lost its focus on conquering and holding territory” but is continuing “to give prominence to external attacks.” “In future, it will focus primarily on a smaller and more motivated group of individuals willing to fight or conduct attacks,” the experts said. According to the experts, the IS is now organized “as a global network, with a flat hierarchy and less operational control over its affiliates,” with some members willing to cooperate with al-Qaida networks “to support one another’s attacks.” In the past six months, the experts said, governments and organizations at all levels have continued to strengthen cooperation with the private sector on sharing sensitive information on terrorism-financing patterns and suspect individuals.

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