US urges ‘enduring defeat’ of IS,
offers force if necessary
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is urging all countries to ensure that the Islamic State extremist group faces “an enduring defeat” and says the United States will partner with countries fighting terrorism “when force is necessary.”
She told the Security Council Thursday that the militant group’s ideology has taken root in new corners of the world, demonstrating that it is “an enemy that adapts, and one that will seek out the world’s ungoverned spaces.”
Haley urged countries to deny IS “safe haven,” end conflicts in areas where the group flourishes, disrupt travel for its fighters and supporters, and use sanctions “to deny funding to terrorist groups.”
Undersecretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov said IS continues to pose a serious challenge, including from its regional affiliates and fighters returning from Iraq and Syria.
Husband: British woman freed
temporarily from Iranian prison
LONDON (AP) — British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe left an Iranian prison for a three-day furlough Thursday — a breakthrough in the case that her family hopes will lead to permanent freedom.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt welcomed her temporary release and called on Iranian authorities “to capitalize on the goodwill from today’s announcement by going the whole way and releasing Nazanin and allowing her to go back to her family and come back to the UK.”
Hunt told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York that she “is innocent” and “every day that she is in prison is a reminder to the whole world of a gross injustice.” Iranian authorities accuse her of plotting against the government.