UN to bind nations on new foreign terrorist rules

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UN to bind nations on new foreign terrorist rules
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a binding resolution this week that would require nations to bar their citizens from traveling abroad to join terrorism organizations, part of a U.S.-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials say the United Nations Security Council is expected to pass a resolution requiring nations to prosecute their citizens who travel abroad to join terrorist organizations.

The binding resolution would be part of a U.S.-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an “unprecedented” threat from extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq .

White House officials touted the measure on Monday as a significant step in their effort against the Islamic State group and other militant organizations that are drawing Europeans, Americans into their violent orbit.

But they acknowledged that the UN resolution has no enforcement mechanism and that the international community has no single definition of what constitutes a terrorist group.



 

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