13 September 2017
A push by the Myanmar military to clear Rohingya villages and drive hundreds of thousands of members of the Muslim ethnic group into Bangladesh drew the attention on Wednesday of two international organizations: the United Nations Security Council and al Qaeda.
The Council was set to meet Wednesday to discuss the crisis amid charges that the military leadership that runs the country alongside Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is pursuing a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
Also Wednesday, al Qaeda’s central leadership urged Muslims to travel to Myanmar and support the Rohingya “financially, militarily, and physically.”
The conflict is drawing the attention of jihadists. “In the coming year Myanmar will suffer from a full-blown insurgency unless it works with the international community to resolve an escalating conflict,” said Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.
GPO / ICPVTR / Online
Last updated on 14/09/2017