08 August 2014
The Middle East in the midst of a violent storm from Baghad to Damascus, and in the centre of the conflict – hundreds of emerging militants from Asia.
Professor Rohan Gunaratna, Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said: “It’s a regional problem – it is imperative for us to understand the numbers are incrementally increasing. We must do everything possible to stem the tide.”
Analysts said the reasons for joining the fight are diverse – the conflict is divided down religious and racial lines, and the motivations are often ideologically disparate. But the notion of jihad is increasingly gaining currency in Southeast Asia.
GPO / ICPVTR / RSIS / Online
Last updated on 13/08/2014