U.N. sets sights on Syria antiquities, Islamic State oil, ransoms

07 Feb 2015 4:08 PM | Anonymous

U.N. sets sights on Syria antiquities, Islamic State oil, ransoms

UNITED NATIONS Fri Feb 6, 2015 4:08pm EST

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council appears set to ban all trade in antiquities from war-torn Syria, threaten sanctions on anyone buying oil from Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front militants and condemn paying kidnap ransoms to the groups.

The United States worked with its veto-wielding counterparts on the council - Russia, China, Britain and France - to draft a resolution that was to be circulated to the remaining members of the 15-nation council on Friday, a U.S. official said.

Russia initially suggested the council ratchet up pressure on Islamic State, also known by one acronym as ISIL, diplomats said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/06/us-mideast-crisis-un-idUSKBN0LA2BZ20150206