New York (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The UN Security Council yesterday adopted a binding resolution, which obliges Member States to block citizens, preventing them from joining the jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama presided over the session and urged international governments to put all efforts in place to stop the recruitment and funding of the militants. He called one a global operation to dismantle the terrorist movement, dubbed "the network of death." The resolution, drafted by Washington, was unanimously approved by all member countries.
Since last month the United States has launched air strikes against the Islamic state in Iraq and, in the night between September 22 and 23, the operations were extended to Syria, with the participation of Arab nations. Syrian activists report that at least 14 Islamist militants and five civilians were killed in last night's bombings. The raids carried out by the United States, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates targeted oil refineries in the hands of the Syrian jihadists, which each day generated two million dollars for the IS.
The White House has repeatedly emphasized the need to withhold funding from the militia, who control several oil wells in Syria and Iraq. The sale of crude oil in recent months has helped to feed the coffers of the Sunni jihadist movement, who founded an Islamic caliphate, beheaded Western hostages and persecuted religious minorities, including Christians, Yazidis and Shiite Muslims, branded the same way as heretics.
The advance of the Islamic state has given rise to a refugee crisis in Turkey, according to aid agencies at least 130 thousand Kurds, many of whom came from Kobane, have crossed the border over the weekend.
Meanwhile, more than 120 scholars and leading figures from the Islamic world have sent an open letter to the IS, condemning its ideology. Muzammil Siddiqi, one of the signatories and president of the Fiqh Council of North America, called upon to interpret the law and teachings, says: "According to Islam it is forbidden to kill innocent people," as well as "emissaries, ambassadors and diplomats. This is why it is forbidden to kill journalists and humanitarian workers".
The latest innocent victim of Islamist madness is a French tourist, Herve Gourdel seized in recent days in the mountains of Algeria by a separatist group affiliated to the Islamic state and slaughtered yesterday, without mercy. The President Francois Hollande has called the act a "cowardly assassination". He also assured that French air raids- which according to the terrorists justify the murder - in Iraq and in Syria will continue. The group Jund al-Khilafa, an IS ally in Algeria, killed the 55-year old mountaineer following an ultimatum sent to the Elysée to stop the air strikes.