31 Dec '16, 2am

Commentary: Beware the slow-burn threats to Singapore

Commentary: Beware the slow-burn threats to Singapore

SINGAPORE: Terrorism and radicalisation will be an inescapable part of our lives from here on, and the main threats for 2017 and beyond should be divided into two parts. The first is the foreign fighter blowback. With the so-called Islamic State suffering reverses on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, many Southeast Asian fighters will return home to Indonesia and Malaysia. They may also seek new safe havens, such as in the southern Philippines. In addition, they will seek to leverage issues which give them propaganda mileage that can reinvigorate their social media campaigns, such as the plight of the Rohingya. And we should not be so quick to assume that it is simply Southeast Asian fighters we will need to reckon with. One cannot discount the possibility of a wider movement of battle-hardened Uighur veterans who, for various reasons, cannot return to their home countrie...

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