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Obama Supports U.N. Plan To Treat Every Terrorist Group Like Al-Qaeda

Ashley Yang |
September 22, 2014 | 4:52 p.m. PDT

Web Producer

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President Obama plans to endorse a resolution to combat the flow of foreign fighters to terrorist groups like ISIS at a Wednesday meeting of the U.N. Security Council that he will personally chair. 

The resolution would take the exclusive burden of fighting ISIS off of the United States and give the responsibility of tracking ISIS militants to the U.N. It is also the first attempt to define a "foreign terrorist fighter" under international law. Members of the Council are expected to fully support the measure. 

Formally bringing the ISIS issue to the Security Council "elevat[es] the collective nature of the threat," an administrative official said. Critics contend that using international law will be an ineffective deterrent against an organization that bases itself on lawlessness and chaos. 

Indeed, the draft resolution will be passed under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which means that member states which continue to support or look the other way toward foreign terrorist fighters will not be under automatic threat of military force for doing so. 

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