UNSC sanctions individuals, entities linked to IS, Al Qaeda

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United Nations, July 21 (IANS) The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to impose sanction measures on two armed groups, two entities and four individuals linked to the Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda.

Two armed groups are the Al Qaeda-linked Jund al Aqsa and the IS-linked Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Waleed, both fighting in Syria, reports Xinhua news agency.

Two money exchange businesses based in Syria — Hanifa Money Exchange Office and Selselat al Thabab — are believed to have financial relations with the terrorist groups and were put on the sanction list.

Muhammad Bahrum Naim Anggih Tamtomo, Ornaa Rochman, Murad Irakfievich Margoshvili and Malik Ruslanovich Barkhanoev were added to the list because of their participation in terrorist attacks associated with IS and Al Qaeda.

The sanction measures include asset freeze, a global travel ban and an arms embargo which prevents direct or indirect supply of arms or related materials to the individuals and entities, according to the resolution.

“Terrorism is the enemy of all mankind,” Liu Jieyi, China’s ambassador to the UN and Security Council president for July, said while issuing the sanctions on Thursday.

“Anti-terrorism operations must adhere to a uniform standard, give a full play to the leading role of the UN and the Security Council, and strengthen effective coordination among all parties.”

–IANS

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