How Southeast Asian and Bangladeshi Extremism Intersect, the latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks at the different ways extremists come together:
- Radicalised Bangladeshi migrant workers in Singapore and Malaysia forming cells to plan violence at home (they aren’t interested in attacking their host countries);
- Bangladeshi students in Malaysia forming partnerships with pro-ISIS groups in Bangladesh;
- Bangladeshi and Southeast Asian ISIS fighters meeting in Syria;
- pro-ISIS Malaysian and Filipinos recruiting Bangladeshis to fight in southern Philippines; and
- Indonesians and Malaysians seeking to assist persecuted Muslims in Myanmar through contacts with Bangladesh-based Rohingya.
“All these links are being forged at a time when population movements between Bangladesh and Southeast Asia have never been greater,” says Sidney Jones, IPAC director.
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