Rabat - For the United States, world governments, including Morocco, are not doing enough to stop their citizens from joining jihadists of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Rabat – For the United States, world governments, including Morocco, are not doing enough to stop their citizens from joining jihadists of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
“We are not seeing nearly enough global action to criminalize and actually prevent the movement of foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) to and from conflict zones,” the US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said on Friday.
Large numbers of foreign fighters are travelling from Tunisia, Morocco, France and Russia. The UN says now that there are also jihadists coming from the Maldives, Finland, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as from some sub-Saharan Africa countries.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in September that called on governments to criminalize joining extremist groups in the Middle East.
“We need countries to step up by creating new laws if they haven’t, enforce laws on the books where they have them, and take concrete steps to make it possible to stop FTF travel,” the US ambassador said.
A study by a UN panel of experts showed a 71 per cent increase in the number of foreign fighters between mid-2014 to March 2015.
“The rate of flow is higher than it has ever been historically and is mainly focused on movement into the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq, with a growing problem also evident in Libya,” the report said.
An estimated 25,000 foreign fighters from over 100 countries have joined the ranks of local armed groups, according to the report.