UN proposal would punish Iraq and Syria militants

AP

Britain has proposed a United Nations resolution aimed at punishing recruitment and financing of fighters for the Islamic State militant group now controlling a swath of Syria and Iraq and all other terrorist groups associated with al-Qaida.

The early draft, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, demands that “all foreign terrorist fighters” withdraw immediately.

It expresses the Security Council’s readiness to impose sanctions on those recruiting, supporting and fighting for terrorist groups.

The draft deplores the terrorist acts and extremist ideology of the Islamic State group and stresses that “widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity.”

Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because consultations are closed, said experts would discuss the draft on Monday.