25 September 2017
A Singaporean Daesh fighter in Syria has appeared in a video challenging Britain’s Prince Harry to fight the terror group’s members as fears grow that the affluent city-state could now become the target for a terror attack, the authorities have revealed.
Professor Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore, and the author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, said it was a deliberate attempt to ramp up the propaganda war and target new areas.
“It is a propaganda video that focuses on two things. The fighter Shahdan is directing the attention of Daesh supporters and sympathizers to go to a new conflict zone, that is west Africa, Nigeria, Libya or go to Pakistan. But [he] mentioned the area he comes from Singapore and he mentions the East Asia division, in particular. So what we are seeing today with the battle space shrinking in Iraq and Syria is IS [Daesh] fighters will be able to sustain the campaign beyond Iraq and Syria,” Professor Gunaratna told Sputnik.
Professor Gunaratna said it was a new phase in the battle by expanding into Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.
“They [Daesh] are looking at global expansion and ways to create a lot of chaos and disrupt stability elsewhere.
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