UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to "redouble" action against Islamic State, following last week's deadly attacks in Paris.
The French-drafted document urges UN members to "take all necessary measures" in the fight against IS, which had claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed. It also claimed deadly bombings in Lebanon this month, while an IS-linked group said it downed a Russian passenger plane in October.
The UN resolution 2249, which was adopted Friday evening,  also condemns recent attacks in Sousse, Tunisia, and Ankara, Turkey. The resolution came as the Belgian authorities raised the terror alert to its highest level in the capital, Brussels, warning of an "imminent threat". The city's metro system and other underground train lines have been closed until at least Sunday, and the public has been warned to avoid crowds, including shopping centres and concerts.
Belgium, and especially Brussels, have been at the centre of investigations into the militants behind the Paris attacks.One of those being sought, Salah Abdeslam, is said to have gone back to Belgium.
The Belgian authorities also announced that a suspect had been charged with involvement in the attacks, bringing the number of people charged there to three. In the resolution, the 15-member body declared the group’s terrorist attacks abroad “a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security”, and warned that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or Da’esh as it is also known, “has the capability and intention to carry out” further strikes. It called upon “Member States that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures, in compliance with international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law” on its territory.Condemning “in the strongest terms” ISIL and other terrorist groups in the region such Al-Nusrah Front, the Council Member States “to eradicate the safe haven they have established over significant parts of Iraq and Syria.”
It called on Member States to intensify efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters to Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, and reaffirmed that those responsible for terrorist acts, violations of international humanitarian law or violations or abuses of human rights must be held accountable. It cited “the continued gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights and violations of humanitarian law, as well as barbaric acts of destruction and looting of cultural heritage” carried out by ISIL.
The resolution also expressed deepest condolences to the victims of the terrorist attacks and their families and to the people and Governments of Tunisia, Turkey, Russia, Lebanon and France, and to all Governments whose citizens were targeted in these attacks and all other victims of terrorism.
“By its violent extremist ideology, its terrorist acts, its continued gross systematic and widespread attacks directed against civilians, abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including those driven on religious or ethnic ground, its eradication of cultural heritage and trafficking of cultural property,” ISIL constitutes “a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security,” the Council stressed. It also cited the group’s its control natural resources in Iraq and Syria and its “recruitment and training of foreign terrorist fighters whose threat affects all regions and Member States, even those far from conflict zones.”