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Fourteenth report of the Secretary-General on the threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat

1. In adopting its resolution 2253 (2015), the Security Council expressed its determination to address the threat posed to international peace and security by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, hereinafter referred to as “Da’esh”) and associated individuals and groups and requested that the Secretary-General provide an initial strategic-level report on the threat, followed by updates every four months. In its resolution 2610 (2021), the Council requested that the Secretary-General continue to provide, every six months, strategic-level reports that reflect the gravity of the threat posed by Da’esh to international peace and security and the range of United Nations efforts in support of Member States in countering the threat.

2. The present report is the fourteenth such report. It was prepared by the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the Office of Counter-Terrorism, in close collaboration with other United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities.

3. During the second half of 2021, the threat posed by Da’esh and its affiliates to international peace and security continued on the trajectory observed in my previous reports and remained significant. The interplay between terrorism and conflict and the threat of regional spillover is a strategic challenge, while online terrorist radicalization and recruitment and attacks inspired by Da’esh remain a foremost concern outside conflict zones. Echoing the report of the Secretary-General on Our Common Agenda (A/75/982), Member States reaffirmed, during the high-level general debate of the seventy-sixth session of the General Assembly, the need for continued cooperation to prevent and counter terrorism as a priority for the international community and multilateral cooperation.

Source: UN Security Council