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Despite dropping from the headlines recently following serious military setbacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) ‘may still have around 20,000 fighters and is continuing its dangerous transformation into a covert global network, while focusing on the activities of its regional offshoots’.

These were among the key findings in a new United Nations report into the threats posed by ISIL presented to the UN Security Council recently by senior UN counter-terrorism officials.

ISIL continues to exert a presence and influence across a wide spectrum of countries and regions and the evolution of ISIL from a proto-State structure into a covert network has driven the group’s finances underground, making them much harder to detect.

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