UN: IS increasingly focused on international attacks

A United Nations report says that the Islamic State group is entering a new phase with an increased emphasis on attacking international civilian targets.

The report by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council circulated Thursday says the global threat from the Islamic State group remains high and continues to diversify even though their territorial expansion has been halted or even reversed in Iraq and Syria.

The report notes that in the last six months the Islamic State group has carried out attacks in 11 countries, excluding fighting in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan or Libya, killing over 500 people and injuring hundreds more.