Syrian Ambassador Warns Against ‘Dividing Terrorists into Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists’

By Penny Starr | September 29, 2014 | 3:49 PM EDT

Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Ja'afari speaks to reporters. (AP Photo)

( – On Wednesday, the United Nations approved an anti-terrorism resolution aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Levant (ISIL) invasion of Syria and Iraq, but the Syrian ambassador warned that “terrorism is terrorism” no matter what names it goes by.

While addressing a U.N. General Assembly after the vote, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari spoke out against “dividing terrorists into good terrorists and bad terrorists and distinguishing moderate terrorism from extremist terrorism,” according to a Sept. 25 report by PressTV, a Tehran-based news service.

“Terrorism is terrorism,” Ja’afari said.

In his remarks, Ja’afari accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar – two countries the U.S. has named as allies in the fight against the Islamic terrorists – for the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and Iraq.

PressTV cited the approximately 200 air strikes inside Syria conducted by the U.S. and its allies.

Neither the U.S. Congress nor the U.N. Security Council has approved the military action in Syria.

The U.S.-drafted resolution requires governments to act against people who travel to countries to join terrorist groups or who raise funds for terrorist groups.

Ja’afari said the sovereignty of countries must be respected in any military campaign against ISIS (also known as ISIL) and should be coordinated with the governments of countries where the military action takes place.

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