U.S Leads Charge on Historic U.N. Counter Terrorism Resolution

Patrick Cleary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Paw Print

On September 24th the United Nations Security Council debated and unanimously passed a resolution to curb the growing threat of terrorism.  The last time a resolution like this occurred was after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

The U.S. took the reins on this resolution by hosting a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which was presided over by President Obama. Resolution 2178 was sponsored by more than one hundred countries and passed with a unanimous vote.

This resolution focuses on fighting terrorism at the grass roots, more specifically the recruiting and flow of fighters into hot bed areas, such as Iraq and Syria. The goal is to limit the reach of terrorist groups while at the same time working to curb the equipping and financing of these groups.

Most importantly, this resolution stresses the importance of international cooperation. President Obama reiterated this by saying, “If there was ever a challenge in our interconnected world that could not be met by one nation alone it is this: terrorists crossing borders and threatening to unleash unspeakable violence.” The Resolution will attempt to unite a multitude of nations to fight this ongoing battle and provide relief for those most deeply affected.

Taking a lead role, The United States began launching air strikes against terrorist groups in the Middle East earlier in the week, before the United Nations Security Council met. Currently the U.S. plans to continue these airstrikes along with equipping and training those on the front lines. This is to be set in motion without the use of American ground troops in the Middle East.

It is key that the resolution was passed by the United Nations Security Council, because it gives the United Nations power to enforce the resolution. Whether this enforcement will be applied is an issue in itself.

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