At the request of the UK government, the UN has subjected four British individuals to an asset freeze and travel ban. The updated sanctions list names the individuals as Omar Hussain, Nasser Muthana, Aqsa Mahmood and Sally-Anne Jones. All are said to be jihadists fighting or recruiting for Islamic State militants in Syria.
This marks the first time since 2006 that the UK government has asked the UN to sanction its own citizens. A government spokeswoman said that the sanctions were intended as “a clear deterrent message to those thinking of going to fight for ISIL” and that the government would “continue to consider whether more individuals should be subjected to these sanctions”.