Resolution 2249

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Islamic State

UK's Parliament Debates What the UN Security Council Said

The UK Parliament is in the midst of a tumultuous debate over whether British forces should participate in airstrikes on Syrian territory. Thus far, the debate has featured frequent calls for Prime Minister David Cameron to apologize for alleged comments regarding the sympathies of those who would oppose Syria strikes.

International Governance

Threading the Needle in Security Council Resolution 2249

On November 20, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2249, condemning ISIS’s recent attacks and exhorting all states to prevent and suppress the group’s terrorist activities. The Resolution is in some ways a predictable response to recent developments, but it contains one interesting provision that is worth parsing from an international law perspective.

Operative Paragraph 5 (OP5) reads as follows:

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