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UN Council targets jihadists in Iraq, Syria

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters look on as smoke billows from the town Makhmur, Iraq during clashes with Islamic State militants on August 9, 2014The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria with measures to choke off funding and the flow of foreign fighters. It represents the most wide-ranging response yet by the top United Nations body to the jihadists who now control large swaths of territory in both countries and have been accused of atrocities. The British-drafted measure also placed six Islamist leaders — from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other nations — on the Al-Qaeda sanctions list, which provides for a travel ban and assets freeze. The six include senior Al-Qaeda leaders who have provided financing to the Al-Nusra Front in Syria and Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now renamed Islamic State (IS).

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