87 PARTNERS UNITED IN ENSURING DAESH’S ENDURING DEFEAT
The Global Coalition against Daesh was formed in September 2014 and is unique in its membership, scope and commitment. Together, the Global Coalition is committed to degrading and ensuring Daesh’s enduring defeat.
The Coalition’s 87 members are committed to tackling Daesh on all fronts, to dismantling its networks and countering its global ambitions. Beyond the military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the Coalition is committed to: tackling Daesh’s financing and economic infrastructure; preventing the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders; supporting stabilisation and the restoration of essential public services to areas liberated from Daesh; and countering the group’s propaganda.
Stabilising Liberated Areas
The Global Coalition is working with international and local partners, including the Government of Iraq, to continue stabilising and redeveloping areas formerly controlled by Daesh, including those damaged by conflict. This work includes ensuring that citizens who fled Daesh can voluntarily return home in safety to rebuild their communities, essential to social cohesion and inclusive governance in Iraq and Nigeria. To this end, Coalition partners have committed funds to the UN Development Program’s (UNDP) Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which supports the redevelopment of liberated areas, and the UNDP Regional Stabilization Facility, which supports states recovering from Daesh in the Lake Chad Basin.
Countering Daesh’s Propaganda
Tackling Daesh’s propaganda and ability to influence audiences is critically important to the success of the Global Coalition’s efforts in all areas where Daesh networks remain active, including Afghanistan and parts of Africa. Daesh’s use of social media tied to acts of terrorism is well-documented. In response, Coalition partners are working together to expose the falsehoods that lie at the heart of Daesh’s ideology, and to present positive alternatives through communications campaigns about Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and parts of Africa.
The work of Coalition communications includes giving a platform to the individuals and communities that suffered under Daesh, ensuring its legacy is defined by the testimony of those who saw and felt the effects of its actions. The Coalition also works closely with the tech industry to further advance a shared agenda of preventing terrorist exploitation of online spaces.
Having supported its local security partners to deliver the military defeat of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, the Coalition’s military mission (known as Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve) now works to advise, assist and enable their partners, as well as providing specialist operational capabilities, such as support with reconnaissance and intelligence.
The Government of Iraq is a leading member of the Global Coalition, and today the Iraqi Security Forces and Peshmerga are actively working to ensure Daesh cells can find no safe havens from which to resurge.
Preventing the movement of Foreign Terrorist Fighters
The Global Coalition is committed to tackling the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters travelling to join Daesh or travelling from former Daesh-held territories to other countries. The Coalition Working Group on Foreign Terrorist Fighters, co-led by the Netherlands, Turkey and the United States, is working with Coalition partners to implement the obligations and recommendations set out in in UN Security Council Resolution 2178, passed in September 2014. This resolution requires countries to take steps to counter foreign terrorist fighters, expanding current obligations under international law and strengthening international measures that prevent suspected foreign terrorist fighters from travelling, that disrupt financial support to foreign terrorist fighters, and that further strengthen international and regional co-operation mechanisms.
Tackling Daesh’s Financing and Funding
The Global Coalition is engaged in a comprehensive campaign to disrupt and prevent Daesh from raising, moving and using funds. Together, the Coalition’s 86 members have taken measures to prevent Daesh’s use of the international financial system by designating – domestically, regionally and through existing UN Security Council resolutions – Daesh’s senior leaders, facilitators and financiers, freezing their assets and making it more costly and more difficult for them to do business. At least 65 countries have prosecuted or arrested Foreign Terrorist Fighters or Foreign Terrorist Fighter facilitators.
The Coalition has also sought to counter Daesh’s efforts to exploit the economic assets and resources of the Iraqi and Syrian people.