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U.N. to convene summit on foreign fighters in global conflicts

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:03

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, says IS and foreign ''terrorist'' fighters will top Security Council agenda in September. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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U.S. President Barack Obama will lead a Security Council summit later this month at the United Nations to focus on the growing threat of foreign fighters in global conflict zones says U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAMANTHA POWER, SAYING: "We're seeing a surge in terrorists traveling from around the globe specifically to fight in foreign conflicts. These fighters participate in brutal atrocities in the countries they travel to and often return home radicalized by their experiences." She says the summit will offer an alternative path. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAMANTHA POWER, SAYING: "We will encourage international cooperation to prevent foreign terrorist fighter travel and underscore the centrality of countering violent extremism through positive narratives and programs that give would-be fighters alternatives to violence. And we will deepen the U.N.'s institutional involvement on this critical issue at this critical time." The summit will be held September 25th.

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U.N. to convene summit on foreign fighters in global conflicts

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 01:03