Obama to convene Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters

Obama to convene Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters
# 04 September 2014 02:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. American Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on Wednesday said that U.S. President Barack Obama will convene a Security Council summit on "growing and dangerous phenomenon" of foreign terrorist fighters, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The summit will be held on Sept. 25, with attendance of heads of state and government, according to Power, who holds the rotating council presidency for this month.

"We are seeing a surge in terrorist traveling from around the globe, specifically to fight in foreign conflicts. These fighters participate in brutal atrocities in the countries they travel to, and after return home radicalized by their experiences," she told reporters at a press conference here.

Power added that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted the invitation to brief the summit.

"We will seek council consensus on the severity on this threat and the need of collective action," she said. "We will encourage international cooperation to prevent foreign terrorist fighter travel."

The Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday released a video online that appears to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. The group had threatened to kill the American freelance journalist in a video posted online on Aug. 19, in which another American journalist James Foley was beheaded to avenge U.S. airstrikes on the group's targets in northern Iraq.

IS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has recently claimed to have established an "Islamic Caliphate" in parts of Syria and Iraq, threatening the stability of the region.

The group, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said their goal is to establish an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria to fight the Shiite- led Iraqi central government and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose top ranks are from the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

The UN Security Council has recently adopted a resolution choking off the flow of fund and fighters to the militant group.