UNITED NATIONS (CBSNewYork/AP) — The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at disrupting revenue that the Islamic State extremist group gets from oil and antiquities sales, ransom payments and other criminal activities.
The Islamic State group is already subject to U.N. sanctions under resolutions dealing with al-Qaida.
The resolution adopted Friday afternoon, which was sponsored by the United States and Russia, elevates IS to the same level as al-Qaida, reflecting its growing threat and split from the terror network behind the 9/11 attacks.
After the terror attacks on Paris, President Barack Obama pledged solidarity with France and promised to work with allies to intensify the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State, saying America would not be cowed by the scourge of terrorism.
“We cannot succumb to fear,” Obama said, standing alongside French President Francois Hollande after they met at the White House to discuss the anti-ISIS mission in late November. “Make no mistake, we will win, and groups like ISIL will lose.”
President Obama was also briefed Thursday on the visa program that allowed Tashfeen Malik, one of the San Bernardino terrorists, to enter the United States.
The president spoke after a meeting at the National Counterterrorism Center, where he addressed the threat level, as well as exremist groups, CBS2 reported.
Obama said there is no specific, credible threat of a possible terror attack on the United States and reminded the country to stay viligant.
“We are in a new phase of terrorism, including lone actors and small group of terrorists, like those in San Bernardino,” Obama said. “Because they are smaller, often self-motivating, self-initiating, they’re harder to detect.”
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