The Bigger View: Is the rise of ISIS a threat to the region?
article The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) poses a grave threat to Syria and Iraq, a United Nations panel has warned, calling for urgent international action.
The panel, made up of the UN’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and the secretary-general of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said that the group poses a threat of genocide against Muslims in the region.
In a report released on Monday, the panel said the group, which has killed more than 7,000 people, has become a significant security threat to both Syria and neighbouring Iraq.
“In light of the rise in the number of ISIS attacks and the number that have been foiled, there is a need to take concrete action to mitigate the threat to security in both countries,” the report said.
The United Nations Special Representative for Syria said in a statement that ISIS is “a clear and present danger to Syria, and that it is a grave risk to Iraq and neighbouring countries.”
The report comes after the United States and other Western countries imposed a series of sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which included a ban on arms and cash transfers to his government.
The US has said the measures are meant to stop the spread of the group to other parts of the region where it poses a greater threat.
Earlier this month, the United Kingdom said it would take a further 10 days to respond to a US military strike on Syria.
The UK is a key partner in the campaign against ISIS in Iraq.