updated 7/29/2005 12:24:04 PM ET 2005-07-29T16:24:04

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S.-sponsored resolution Friday that expands U.N. sanctions against al-Qaida terrorists and Afghanistan’s former Taliban rulers to affiliates and splinter groups.

Sanctions currently require all 191 U.N. member states to impose a travel ban and arms embargo against Osama bin Laden, the Taliban leaders and those “associated with” them, and to freeze their financial assets.

The new resolution adopted by the council spells out for the first time who is included among those “associated with” al-Qaida and the Taliban.

It states that sanctions will apply to people who participate in financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating acts to support the outlawed groups and who recruit, supply, sell or transfer weapons to bin Laden, al-Qaida, the Taliban “or any cell, affiliate, splinter group or derivative thereof.”

For the first time, the resolution also urges nations to enact recommendations set out by the Financial Action Task Force, a group of more than 50 nations seeking to tighten controls on underground money transfers used to bankroll the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and other terrorist activities.

Earlier this year, a U.N. team investigating compliance with the sanctions against al-Qaida and the Taliban found that bin Laden’s followers still have easy access to bombmaking materials and money.

The resolution also sets up a monitoring team to assess national efforts to implement sanctions against al-Qaida and the Taliban. The team would help come up with ways to punish countries that willingly ignore the sanctions.

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