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The United Nations security council approved France's resolution on Friday. (Photo: Reuters)

UN Council Approves French Resolution for 'All Necessary Measures' Against ISIS

Member states should "intensify their efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters to Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism."

Nadia Prupis

The United Nations security council has unanimously approved France's resolution to take "all necessary measures" against the Islamic State (ISIS) and urged all able member states to join in the fight.

The 15-member panel adopted the resolution Friday after the French government called for "merciless" military action against the militant group following the attacks in Paris which killed 130 people.

According to media outlets who saw the text of the resolution, it calls for "member states that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures—in compliance with international law, on the territory under the control of [ISIS]—to redouble and coordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts."

Member states should "intensify their efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters to Iraq and Syria and to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism," the resolution says.

As Common Dreams reported on Friday, the proposal does not invoke chapter seven of the UN charter, which authorizes use of force—but French officials are clear that their aim is military action.

"The exceptional and unprecedented threat posed by this group to the entire international community requires a strong, united and unambiguous response from the security council," French ambassador, François Delattre, said on Thursday. "This is the goal of our draft resolution, which calls on all member states to take all necessary measures to fight Daesh [also referred to as ISIS]."

As Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, told Common Dreams on Friday, "Resolutions like this can be dangerous."

"It is important that it is not taken under the terms of chapter seven, but it is implying support for all countries to use military force in ISIS territory, which is heavily populated," Bennis said. "We have been using military force against terrorism for the past 15 years, and it has failed."


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