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[Comment] Offline: What the war against ISIL means for health

United Nations Resolution 2249, passed on Nov 20, 2015, by the Security Council, argues that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da’esh) “constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security”. Is that statement fair? Despite saturation news coverage and the rhetoric of war, ISIL is not (yet) a threat to the security and wellbeing of the entire world. Its effects have been acute and severe but so far geographically localised—to the Middle East, south Asia, north Africa, and, with the recent terrorist bombings in Paris, western Europe.

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