20 December 2015
If 2014 was the year that terror group ISIS sent shockwaves around the world in declaring its self-styled caliphate, 2015 was the year Singaporeans were constantly reminded of the clear and present danger the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria poses.
Apart from global terror attacks that demonstrated the growing influence and reach of ISIS, and foiled plots targeting Malaysia’s Parliament, social media postings this year identified Singapore as a possible target for attack.
Also, four Singaporeans were detained under the Internal Security Act for wanting to join the group.
… Associate Professor Kumar Ramakrishna, head of policy studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, notes that Abdelhamid Abaaoud – the apparent architect of the Nov 13 Paris attacks – had returned from Syria.
… International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research analyst Jasminder Singh says such videos show that if they return home, “the problem is not going to end just with their parents, but continue into the next generation”.
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Last updated on 21/12/2015