02 Dec '16, 3pm

Singapore Minister Warns ISIS Will Target Southeast Asia

Singapore Minister Warns ISIS Will Target Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia faces a growing risk of extremist violence from ISIS supporters as the terrorist group seeks new pastures after setbacks in the Middle East, Singapore's home minister said on Friday. While ISIS is rapidly losing territory in Iraq and Syria, this may increase the risk of revenge attacks in Southeast Asia -- and certain pockets of the region are receptive to radical Islamic ideology. "The threat, if anything, I think has increased compared to last year and earlier this year," K. Shanmugam told reporters. Parts of Southeast Asia have long struggled with Islamic militancy and hundreds of radicals from the region have flocked to join ISIS. Southeast Asians fighting for the terrorists have formed their own unit in the Middle East, called Katibah Nusantara, and are believed to be in regular contact with militants back home. In the strife-torn southern Philippines, ...

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