20 November 2016
While Singapore held its biggest counter-terrorism exercise ever barely a month ago in response to the growing threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), what is the situation with the group’s centre of struggle in the Middle East? And how will the changing situation affect South- east Asia?
A round-table held by The Sunday Times last Monday heard that big inroads are being made in the battle to reclaim ISIS-held territory, but on the down side, this could translate into more trouble in Asia.
… “There is a sense that Mosul will not last very long in ISIS’ hands,” Associate Professor Kumar Ramakrishna, Head of Policy Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told the round-table. “After that, the coalition will also try and retake Raqqa in Syria, ISIS’ de facto capital.”
… By holding up successful attacks as models to follow in its calls to supporters to spread terror wherever they are, ISIS wants to inspire copycats, said Mr Remy Mahzam, an associate research fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, who was a panellist at the round-table.
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Last updated on 22/11/2016