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UN blacklists al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria, diplomats say

Iran Press TV

Fri May 31, 2013 8:21AM GMT

The United Nations Security Council has agreed to add the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Nusra Front operating in Syria to the UN sanctions blacklist, diplomatic sources say.

The UN diplomatic sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday that a Security Council committee that monitors sanctions against al-Qaeda had come up with the decision to blacklist the al-Nusra Front as an alias of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

The decision will be officially announced later on Friday.

The development comes as the foreign ministers of the European Union agreed, after lengthy talks among divided ministers in Brussels on May 27, to lift the arms embargo on the militants in Syria.

The al-Nusra Front has been behind many of the deadly bombings targeting both civilians and government institutions across Syria since the outbreak of violence in March 2011.

On May 10, Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari said the al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for carrying out at least 600 acts of terror in the past year. Ja’afari also slammed the group for attacking hospitals and schools, desecrating holy places, assassinating religious figures, and abducting UN personnel in Syria.

The West has been widely criticized for its double standard when it comes to dealing with terrorist groups.

Last month, the Syrian Foreign Ministry also called on the UN to designate the al-Nusra Front as an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group. However, the request was blocked by the UK and France.

While al-Qaeda-affiliated groups have been listed as terrorist entities under sanctions by the United Nations, militants in Syria have been receiving all forms of support from the West and its regional allies.

Over two years of foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria has taken its toll on the lives of many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel.


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