By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
NEW YORK (ANS – November 21, 2015) — The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to “redouble” action against Islamic State, also known as ISIS< following last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.
According to the BBC, the French-drafted document urges UN members to “take all necessary measures” in the fight against IS.
IS said it carried out the Paris attacks, in which 130 people died.
It also claimeddeadly bombings in Lebanonthis month, while an IS-linked group said it downed a Russian passenger plane in October.
The UN resolution 2249 also condemns recent attacks inSousse, Tunisia,andAnkara, Turkey. It came as the Belgian authoritiesraised the terror alert to its highest levelin the capital, Brussels, warning of an “imminent threat”.
The BBC went onto say that 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 centers and concerts.
Belgium, and especially Brussels, have been at the center of investigations into the militants behind the Paris attacks.
“One of those being sought, Salah Abdeslam, is believed to have gone back to Belgium,” said the BBC story. “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.”
On Friday evening, large crowds converged at the scenes of the attacks across the French capital at 21:20 (20:20 GMT) to hold vigils at the time the attacks started a week ago.
The UN Security Council called on member states to “eradicate the safe haven” IS and other militant groups had established over parts of Iraq and Syria.
The document also stresses that nations should “redouble and co-ordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist attacks”.
However, it does not invoke the UN’sChapter VII, which gives specific legal authorization for the use of force.
The BBC said that France and Russia have argued that military action is already justifiable because of the right of countries to self-defense.
Earlier, French officials said the cousin of the presumed ringleader of the November 13 attacks in Paris did not blow herself up in Wednesday’s police raid in Saint-Denis as previously thought.
In an exclusive interview with the BBC, a member of the police assault team involved in the raid said Hasna Ait Boulahcen, 26, was “trying to say she was not linked to the terrorists, that she had nothing to do with them and wanted to surrender”.
But he said that due to prior intelligence, “we knew that she was trying to manipulate us”.
Officials said the suicide bomber was a man, who – alongside withalleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud- was also killed.
In a separate development, French prosecutors said that a second suicide bomber from the Stade de France attack passed through Greece on his way to France.
The BBC stated that the prosecutors had previously said one of the other attackers had come on the same route, via the Greek island of Leros. The men may have been posing as Syrian refugee
Hundreds of people were wounded in the near-simultaneous attacks on Paris bars and restaurants, a concert hall and sports stadium.
Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attacks – the worst in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.
What is Islamic State? (From the BBC)
IS is a notoriously violent Islamist group which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. It has declared its territory a caliphate – a state governed in accordance with Islamic law – under its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
What does it want?
IS demands allegiance from all Muslims, rejects national borders and seeks to expand its territory. It follows its own extreme version of Sunni Islam and regards non-believers as deserving of death.
How strong is IS?
IS projects a powerful image, partly through propaganda and sheer brutality, and is the world’s richest insurgent group. It has about 30,000 fighters but is facing daily bombing by a US-led multi-national coalition, which has vowed to destroy it.
Photo caption: 1) Mourners have left flowers and messages near the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people died. 2) Alleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed. 3) Dan Wooding
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the author of some 45 books and has two TV programs and one radio show in Southern California.
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