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UN to vote on measure to combat al-Qaida fighters

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United Nations, Aug 15 (AP) - The U.N. Security Council is set to approve a resolution that threatens sanctions against those that recruit and finance foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria and demands that all al-Qaida-linked groups disarm and disband immediately.

Diplomats expect it to be approved unanimously in a vote scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) Friday.

The resolution was drafted in response to the recent offensive by the Islamic State extremist group, which has taken control of a large swath of eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq, brutalizing civilians and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, and increasing terrorist activity by other groups including al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Friday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly called for united action to deal with the threat posed by the Islamic State militants "so any action that helps unite the Security Council on this is a welcome step."

The British-drafted resolution expresses the council's readiness to impose sanctions on those recruiting, supporting and fighting for terrorist groups.

It names six people to be added to the sanctions blacklist and encourages the council committee monitoring sanctions "to urgently consider additional designations" of individuals and entities supporting the Islamic State group or Jabhat al-Nusra.