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ISIS in Southeast Asia - Get ready to send your kids and grandkids to the new Vietnams

By BayAreaObserver following x   2017 Sep 6, 4:07pm 1,883 views   39 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


After Ahok: Indonesia Grapples with the Rise of Political Islam. For decades, Indonesian society has experienced a slow process of Islamization. In 2017, the pace picked up.

http://thediplomat.com/2017/08/after-ahok-indonesia-grapples-with-the-rise-of-political-islam/
Malaysian police arrest suspected Abu Sayyaf leader, seven others.
The arrests were the latest in an ongoing crackdown on militancy by Muslim-majority Malaysia. More than 250 people have been arrested between 2013 and 2016 for suspected militancy linked to Islamic State.

Governments in Southeast Asia have been worried over the possible expansion of Islamic State in the region as battle-hardened militants return home after the collapse of their self-styled caliphate in the Middle East.

Militants loyal to Islamic State seized large parts of Marawi city in the southern Philippines in May. Some 620 militants, 136 soldiers and police and 45 civilians were killed in more than 100 days of fighting

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-police-arrest-suspected-abu-sayyaf-leader--seven-others-9181618
Malaysia’s Reckoning With the Islamic State. With ISIS being pushed out of Iraq and Syria, is Malaysia ready?

With a population of around 1.6 million, much of which is employed in the finance and real estate sectors, Kuala Lumpur is the heart of a country that has embraced shopping malls and almost entirely eradicated poverty. Malaysia’s mix of ethnic Malay, Chinese, and Indian residents – Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus respectively – all work and worship on the same streets, allowing the country of 31 million inhabitants to be upheld as a symbol of cosmopolitan multiculturalism and tolerance.

But simultaneously, the world’s most regressive and ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim group is increasingly targeting this majority-Muslim nation. As U.S.-allied forces drove extremists from the Islamic State (ISIS) out of major parts of their self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq, the militants ramped up their efforts in Southeast Asia and declared Malaysia a part of their dominion. Most recently, the extremist group named Malaysia’s anti-terror chief, Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, one of its main targets, calling on its adherents to “awake now and finish off Ayob Khan,” according to social media messages and media reports.

In response, Malaysian authorities have doubled down on the group’s online recruitment efforts and launched security measures to prevent terrorist attacks at home.

Police have arrested more than 300 individuals over the past four years for suspected links to the Islamic State, and shut down numerous pro-ISIS websites. But experts say the government’s efforts have failed to prevent a significant number of Malaysians from fighting for ISIS in diverse countries such as the Philippines and Iraq, and that more efforts will be needed as ISIS militants return home to Malaysia.

“The amount of Malaysian suicide bombers we have witnessed in both Iraq and Syria between 2014 and 2017 can be described as noticeable and is intrinsically the result of the domestic [ISIS] propaganda campaign in Malaysia,” says Tomas Olivier, a counterterrorism and intelligence expert at the Netherlands-based consultancy firm Twickelerveld Intelligence and Investigations.

“The sheer amount of Malaysian foot soldiers in the Middle East is also remarkable.”

http://thediplomat.com/2017/08/malaysias-reckoning-with-the-islamic-state/

Two Iraqi Islamic State commanders among 19 men arrested in Malaysia. One of the militants is believed to have been planning an attack on the SEA Games closing ceremony.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Iraqis believed to be commanders of Islamic State (IS) in southern Iraq were among 19 suspects arrested by Malaysian police in a sting operation across the country from Jul 4 to Aug 30.

The two Iraqis, aged 41 and 63, are brothers and were arrested as they are believed to be commanders of IS, also known as Daesh, in southern Iraq, said Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/two-iraqi-islamic-state-commanders-among-19-men-arrested-in-9187754

#ISIS #Islam #Southeast Asia

1   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 6, 4:24pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

BayAreaObserver says
Malaysia’s mix of ethnic Malay, Chinese, and Indian residents – Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus respectively – all work and worship on the same streets, allowing the country of 31 million inhabitants to be upheld as a symbol of cosmopolitan multiculturalism and tolerance.

But simultaneously, the world’s most regressive and ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim group is increasingly targeting this majority-Muslim nation.


It's always the fucking Muslims who stir up trouble wherever they go. Why can't Muslims just live in peace like everyone else?
2   Quigley   ignore (0)   2017 Sep 6, 4:41pm   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Because they are told not to live in peace by the religion that makes them a Muslim.
3   HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Sep 6, 6:49pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

This shit is getting tiresome.
One more Time:
We've been killing each other since we climbed down from the trees.
4   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 6, 8:48pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

HEY YOU says
This shit is getting tiresome.
One more Time:
We've been killing each other since we climbed down from the trees.


WTF. So it's OK to kill?
5   PeopleUnited   ignore (2)   2017 Sep 6, 9:15pm   ↑ like (4)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Strategist says
Why can't Muslims just live in peace like everyone else?

6   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 8, 1:42am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Over three months since Islamic State-aligned militants laid siege to the southern Philippine city of Marawi, military authorities insist that the end of the death, devastation and destruction is in sight.

But even when the last rebels are dislodged from their urban redoubts, it’s not clear Manila’s fight against IS-inspired militancy will be over anytime soon.

Philippine Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr, commander of the Western Mindanao Command - “I’m confident the end is already near,” he said, predicting troops would “normalize” the situation in the besieged city by September or October.

Duterte has repeatedly urged his forces to quickly finish off the internationally supported militants, in hope of stopping the spread of Islamic State ideology outside of Marawi. During his most recent visit on August 24, the populist president even fired a sniper rifle in the direction of the militants in a macho show of support for his troops.

But after three months of heavy ground assaults and aerial bombardments, armed forces continue to miss official deadlines to rout the militants and reassert state control over the city and surrounding areas. Their mission has been undercut by hidden local support for militants the military believes it has recently significantly severed.

It’s unclear how many of the fighters have peeled away to nearby mountain areas or among internally displaced people camps with an eventual aim to regroup and relaunch their attacks. Galvez acknowledges that even after Marawi is eventually liberated from militant control, armed forces will face an uphill struggle combating Islamic State’s radical ideology.

Manila will also face a tall order in winning over those worst affected by the Marawi siege. Many of the displaced have expressed anger not only against the Maute Group for its destructive tactics, but also the government for laying waste to their city through perceived indiscriminate bombings and firefights.

Some analysts have viewed the death and devastation as a sort of propaganda victory for Islamic State-linked militants that has put Southeast Asia on the map of global terror organizations. Fighters from neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as from countries in the Middle East, have joined the fight.

More: http://www.atimes.com/article/marawi-beginning-not-end/
7   bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 8, 6:54am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

BayAreaObserver says
the internationally supported militants,


Yet we keep on sending money to KSA which is where the terrorists get it from. Great policy.
8   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 8, 8:29am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

bob2356 says
BayAreaObserver says
the internationally supported militants,


Yet we keep on sending money to KSA which is where the terrorists get it from. Great policy.


Stop it Bob. Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Afghanistan and every other Islamic country receives money from us, and they all support terrorists in one form or other. They all have the blood of infidels on their hands, every one of them. Because they all have one thing in common.......They follow Allah, the God of terrorism.
9   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 9, 2:44am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Didn't we slip or slide ourselves into Vietnam by sending "advisors" back in the late 1950s ? Something tells me we aren't going to let this opportunity go by without getting involved and now we can claim to be helping one of our staunchest allies...what a deal ! Bringing freedom and our own special brand of democracy to the world through weaponry !

Australia to send more troops to help Philippines fight Islamist militants

Sydney - (Reuters) - Australia will send troops to assist Philippine forces in the ongoing battle against Islamic State fighters in the southern city of Marawi, Australia’s Defense Minister Marise Payne said on Friday.

Small contingents of Australian soldiers will be sent to train Philippine troops, Payne said during a press conference with her counterpart, Delfin Lorenzana in Manila.

“We are very committed to supporting the Philippines in its efforts to defend itself against terrorist threats,” Minister Payne said.

“This is a threat to the region (that) we all need to work together to defeat.”

But no Australian troops will be actively involved in the fighting, Lorenza said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-australia/australia-to-send-more-troops-to-help-philippines-fight-islamist-militants-idUSKCN1BK063?il=0

Any of this sound familiar - same story, different geographic location but one way or another we are going to have another war - MAGA ! Great news however if you own stock in one of our many fine defense and weapons contractors.

Just remember if your country is not using our brand of Democracy, it doesn't count and boy have we got a deal for you on how to make the switch...
10   bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 9, 4:47am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Strategist says
Stop it Bob. Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Afghanistan and every other Islamic country receives money from us, and they all support terrorists in one form or other. They all have the blood of infidels on their hands, every one of them. Because they all have one thing in common.......They follow Allah, the God of terrorism.


What form is that? Want to detail it? Show me the money flow. Tell me where the money for Abu Sayyaf comes from. Tell me what sect of Islam they follow. Tell me who gave Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, millions to set up Abu Sayyaf. Hint. The initials are OBL. Everyone with blood of infidels on their hands ties back to KSA and the wahhabi sect.
11   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 9, 9:35am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

bob2356 says
Strategist says
Stop it Bob. Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Afghanistan and every other Islamic country receives money from us, and they all support terrorists in one form or other. They all have the blood of infidels on their hands, every one of them. Because they all have one thing in common.......They follow Allah, the God of terrorism.


What form is that? Want to detail it? Show me the money flow. Tell me where the money for Abu Sayyaf comes from. Tell me what sect of Islam they follow. Tell me who gave Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, millions to set up Abu Sayyaf. Hint. The initials are OBL. Everyone with blood of infidels on their hands ties back to KSA and the wahhabi sect.


Don't know who they are and don't even care. Are you telling me only Saudis sponsor Islamic terrorism? Anyone who supports or contributes to a terrorist organization has blood on their hands, and that includes people from every single Muslim community on the planet.
12   Tenpoundbass   ignore (6)   2017 Sep 9, 10:43am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

The Liberals would have us fighting Durte before they would ISIS.
13   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 9, 12:02pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

The "Liberals" are no better than the GOP when it comes to taking "campaign contributions" from the war machine, getting new gigs with the same people after they get voted out or quit and keeping the country on a solid war footing. (keeps the stock market rolling along nicely and a whole lot more and with the all volunteer army etc. it's not like they really have any skin in the game, kind of like yourself)
14   bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 9, 5:57pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Strategist says


Don't know who they are and don't even care. Are you telling me only Saudis sponsor Islamic terrorism? Anyone who supports or contributes to a terrorist organization has blood on their hands, and that includes people from every single Muslim community on the planet.


By your definition that would include all Americans. We have supported plenty of nasty fuckers who are easily defined as terrorists. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Willing ignorance of not knowing and not caring who is the problem is why we are involved in 2 endless wars with soldiers getting killed every day while we piss billions down the drain.
15   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 9, 6:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

bob2356 says
Strategist says


Don't know who they are and don't even care. Are you telling me only Saudis sponsor Islamic terrorism? Anyone who supports or contributes to a terrorist organization has blood on their hands, and that includes people from every single Muslim community on the planet.


By your definition that would include all Americans. We have supported plenty of nasty fuckers who are easily defined as terrorists. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

What freedom are Muslims after? Freedom from what? Who is trying to enslave them? Virtually the whole planet except Muslims want to live in peace and prosperity. They are just violent people who cannot even live in peace with other Muslims. It seems anyone who disagrees with them is an infidel that must be killed.



bob2356 says
Willing ignorance of not knowing and not caring who is the problem is why we are involved in 2 endless wars with soldiers getting killed every day while we piss billions down the drain.

We don't need to know the full background of every Muslim terrorist, and their fucking sob stories. We already know they must be killed. We also know it's the Muslim societies who will need to go after their own terrorists, and we will make them do so wether they like it or not.
The old days where the Arabs could hold the world hostage with their oil is rapidly coming to an end. These barbarians can't even figure out the technology to make crayons on their own. Centuries of inbreeding with cousins and close relatives eventually takes it's toll in the form of physical and mental handicaps. They are dependent on the rest of the world for their very survival, because their aren't enough goats and camels for them to survive on as they did for centuries.
16   BorderPatrol   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 9, 7:31pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Muslims won't be able to do shit in VN and China. they'll get murdered, disposed and the rest of the world wouldn't hear about it.
17   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 19, 5:56am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Islamic State using Rohingya crisis to recruit Malaysians for 'holy war'

MALACCA: Some Malaysians backed by the Islamic State (IS) are engaging the Myanmar government in a "holy war", purportedly to defend the oppressed Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine.

Malaysia's counter-terror chief Ayob Khan said IS was using the Rohingya issue as a platform to recruit new members to engage in acts of terrorism.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/islamic-state-using-rohingya-crisis-to-recruit-malaysians-for-9226802
Thai government and Muslim separatists trade blame over peace steps

BANGKOK: Thai authorities and a Malay Muslim separatist faction have blamed each other for a delay in setting up a 'safety zone' as a confidence-building measure towards ending a decades-old insurgency.

Talks on the zone ended last week in Malaysia without full agreement to be followed by bombings that killed a soldier and a policeman in the Thai south, where more than 6,500 people have been killed since 2004.

No group claimed responsibility for the latest attacks.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-government-and-muslim-separatists-trade-blame-over-peace-9226710
Note: For those not paying attention what's happening in Myanmar will not help keep ISIS/ISIL in check in Southeast Asia.
18   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 19, 6:05am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Tracking Southeast Asia’s terror finance. As Islamic State targets the region as its next theater of destruction, authorities are grappling with how to stem its underground cash flows.

Counterterrorism experts will link up with financial firms in a bid to cut off Islamic State’s (IS) Southeast Asian cash lifeline at a November summit in Kuala Lumpur, amid mounting evidence that the extremist group’s Middle East coffers are starting to run dry.

Hosted by financial intelligence agencies from Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia, the Counterterrorism Financing meet – given the name Codeathon – aims to develop private-public initiatives to counter the spread of IS following its stunning seizure of Marawi city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on May 23.

Banks, financial technology firms, software developers and other specialists already apply anti-money laundering checks, when they exist, to stop funds being transferred to terror suspects.

The problem with such a strategy is that most Southeast Asian nations are struggling to prevent illicit financial transfers within their borders, usually because they lack enabling laws or have a limited enforcement capability. It wouldn’t matter if they did, as little cash intended for terrorists passes through formal channels.

A 2016 risk assessment by Australia and its Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) partners found that the main source of terrorism financing in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia is self-funding from legitimate sources.

Non-profit organizations are the second primary source, then fundraising through social media and crowdfunding. Criminal activity is only a big problem in Indonesia and the Philippines, the report said.

The report also acknowledges that self-funding “will remain extremely difficult to detect” because the activities are legal and transactions are often of low value and indistinguishable from normal activities.

More: http://www.atimes.com/article/tracking-southeast-asias-terror-finance/
FWIW - Duterte has yet to deliver a decisive knockout blow in Marawi despite bragging about a quick victory.

Talking about Duterte and his "drug war" - Accusations that the Filipino president’s family is involved in the drug trade, now under Senate inquiry, have raised new questions about the underlying motivations of his deadly drug war.

http://www.atimes.com/article/duterte-family-drug-trade-charge-hits-close-home/

Of course all of this will be an "unexpected" development when the government here decides it's time to pay attention or needs a new arena for another war.
19   bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 19, 6:57am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Strategist says
bob2356 says
Strategist says


Don't know who they are and don't even care. Are you telling me only Saudis sponsor Islamic terrorism? Anyone who supports or contributes to a terrorist organization has blood on their hands, and that includes people from every single Muslim community on the planet.


By your definition that would include all Americans. We have supported plenty of nasty fuckers who are easily defined as terrorists. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

What freedom are Muslims after? Freedom from what? Who is trying to enslave them? Virtually the whole planet except Muslims want to live in peace and prosperity.


Which planet are you living on pray tell? There are conflicts that have nothing to do with muslims all over the globe.
20   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 19, 12:43pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

@TPB - while you are cheering the Myanmar situation....Rohingya crisis: a call to arms for Islamic fundamentalism?

Given the rising militancy and a serious security threat for regional stability, there are some legitimate security concerns as we dig into the ongoing Rohingya genocide in Myanmar. But the intelligence and security officials in New Delhi and Dhaka will have to delve deeper into the ideological dynamics of a probable radicalization of the Rohingyas.

The common preceptors in India — human rights activists, journalists as well as the Islamic clergy — barely engage with the Rohingya crisis from a deeper ideological point of view. Often, they also fail to debate how the Rohingya issue can be exploited by radical Islamist outfits, many sponsored and endorsed by the Pakistani military establishment. Given this, it is imperative to demystify the Rohingya issue from this theoretical angle.

At least in theory, there is a possibility that the Rohingyas can be used as a ‘humane tool’ to radicalize a section of Indian Muslims riding on a clutch of ‘Muslim victimhood’. But regrettably, they are living in complete denial of the radicalization aspect of this issue.

A call to arms

An in-house jihadist magazine, al-Qalam has published an article aptly described as the first ‘clarion call’ by a South Asian terror outfit—Jaish-E-Muhammad – for violent jihad in Myanmar in retaliation against the persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar. The extremist Islamist outfit’s house magazine—al-Qalam—which is published in Urdu in print and online is freely available. Jihadi literature like this has considerably helped in radicalizing a sizeable number of naive Urdu readers particularly in Pakistan, Kashmir and even some parts of the Urdu-speaking states in India.

In its latest edition, a weekly magazine, which claims to be the torch-bearer of Islamic journalism, carries an article penned by Maulana Masood Azhar, the emir of the Pakistani terror group, Jaish-E-Muhammad. At the very outset, Azhar threatens the ‘oppressive’ Myanmar government to prepare for “the thudding sound of the footsteps of its conquerors”. He states that “the country will be soon deprived of peace and tranquility”.

A cursory look at the key contents reveals the potential for radicalization embedded in this piece. It reads: “The global Muslim community (ummah) is feeling the pain of the Muslim nation…It is because of the sacrifices of the Myanmar Muslims that the ummah is waking up and we are seeing this new awakening among them…All of us must do whatever we can for the Myanmar Muslims. Just say your prayers, and get up to help them. You don’t need to show off what you are doing: just do it, and never stop.” The full Urdu article can be accessed online.

This is the first time that an extremist Pakistani jihadi ideologue has raised a war-cry in Myanmar. Significantly, this call for jihad has come in a weekly column in al-Qalam regularly penned by Maulana Masood Azhar under his pen-name ‘Sa’adi’. In this article headlined as “Betab Burma” (Distressed Burma), the article appeals Muslims of the subcontinent “to do something, and do it urgently”. Given the growing anguish among the country’s Muslim citizens against the Myanmar’s crackdown on the Rohingyas, the call for jihad by the Jaish-E-Muhammad and their ilk can further fan the flames of radicalization in India. The Jaish-E-Muhammad has sown the seeds for such religious strife.

Spreading radicalization

Many other extremist Islamist outfits are taking advantage of the Rohingya crisis in a bid to follow the ‘fatwa’ issued by Azhar. Even Bangladesh fears that the Rohingya issue could be exploited by terror outfits in the country to recruit more cadres to their fold.
Bangladeshi officials are concerned that some of the homegrown jihadi groups would recruit students from the thousands of Islamic seminaries in the country to “fight for the rights of the Rohingya”.

http://www.atimes.com/rohingya-crisis-call-arms-islamic-fundamentalism/
21   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 19, 12:53pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

bob2356 says
What freedom are Muslims after? Freedom from what? Who is trying to enslave them? Virtually the whole planet except Muslims want to live in peace and prosperity.


Which planet are you living on pray tell? There are conflicts that have nothing to do with muslims all over the globe.


LOL. Bar fights don't count.
22   anonymous   ignore (5)   2017 Sep 19, 6:16pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

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LOL. Bar fights don't count.


Tell that to the Ukrainians.
23   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 25, 6:12am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Latest video a sign of ISIS' focus on South-east Asia.

The latest Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruitment video featuring a Singaporean fighter is a "game changer", said security experts yesterday, noting that it was evidence of the terror group's determined focus on South-east Asia and its English-speaking Muslims.

The 31/2-minute-long video, which surfaced yesterday, featured a Singaporean fighter by the assumed name "Abu Uqayl". In English, he addressed directly fighters in East Asia and elsewhere, urging them to commit violence in this region.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) identified the man as Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad, 39, who left Singapore in 2014 to work in the Middle East, where he was believed to have been radicalised.

Megat Shahdan, it is understood, has a string of criminal and drug-related offences here - including burglary convictions in 1999 and 2002.

His appearance in a recruitment video shows that he has risen up the ISIS ranks to join notable fighters from the region such as Indonesia's Bahrumsyah, said Associate Professor Bilveer Singh of the National University of Singapore.

Bahrumsyah heads ISIS' South-east Asian unit, the Katibah Nusantara. It fights on the front lines and makes propaganda videos in Malay, Bahasa Indonesia and English.

"He was not chosen by accident. He's from South-east Asia, from a country where Muslims are in the minority, and which has been publicly targeted for attack," said Prof Singh, adding that the video aimed to "inspire and motivate" English-speaking Muslims in the region.

With ISIS losing ground in the Middle East, the video was also a clarion call to join the fight elsewhere, particularly in South-east Asia, where conflicts are brewing in the Philippines' Marawi city and Myanmar's Rakhine state, he added.

More: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/latest-video-a-sign-of-isis-focus-on-south-east-asia-experts
Also: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/isis-recruitment-video-of-fighter-who-claims-to-be-from-singapore-surfaces-online
24   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Sep 27, 2:02am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Singaporean ISIS fighter had been in combat, tried to recruit family members: MHA.

SINGAPORE - The Singaporean fighter who anchored a recent propaganda video by terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been fighting on its frontlines since he entered Syria three years ago.

Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad, 39, also suffered an injury in combat, and has been deployed in areas in Iraq and Syria, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Tuesday (Sept 26).

He is the third Singaporean known to have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq, MHA confirmed.

The other two, Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali and Maimunah Abdul Kadir, are believed to be still in Syria with their families. Both left for Syria in 2014.

"Their involvement in an overseas armed conflict jeopardises Singapore's security," MHA said.

"In Shahdan's case, it is compounded by the fact that he is also actively propagating ISIS's violent ideology and rallying others to engage in combat in support of ISIS. This is of particular concern as we have seen in a spike in the number of self-radicalisation cases following the rise of ISIS and proliferation of its propaganda materials," it added.

More: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singaporean-isis-fighter-had-been-in-combat-tried-to-recruit-family-members-mha
25   HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Sep 27, 8:40am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Strategist says
So it's OK to kill?


Of course it's not! America would never kill unless it's based or a Rep/Con LIE.
War mongering Republican have nothing to support their evil,except their evilism.
26   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Oct 3, 1:18am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Global terror groups set to exploit violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine:

As the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State continues, regional and international terror groups are coalescing around the plight of the Rohingya, calling for a jihad to defend them, warn analysts familiar with the situation.

The military crackdown against the Rohingyas in Rakhine State, triggered by an Aug 25 attack on 30 police posts and one military base by the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army (ARSA), is inflaming passions across the Muslim world.

With more than 500,000 Rohingya refugees now already across the border in Bangladesh, Al-Qaeda has issued a statement calling for Muslims to take up arms to defend them.

“The Rohingyas are seen as a much higher cause for jihad than the Syrian conflict,” Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, head of Malaysia’s Special Branch counter-terrorism division, told Channel NewsAsia.

“Their plight is considered a persecution against Muslims akin to that of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.”

A homegrown insurgent group, ARSA has taken pains to disavow links with international terrorist organisations.


“The Rohingya crisis has already been appropriated by the jihadist propaganda.” said London-based Ludovico Carlino, IHS Markit's senior analyst for Middle East and North Africa.

“Al-Qaeda has been trying to capitalise on the issue and called on its supporters to open a new front to help the Muslims in Myanmar in whatever way they can.”

Echoes of Syria

The emerging, coalescence of foreign jihadists against Myanmar has echoes of Syria, warn analysts, where the moderate, secular anti-government Free Syrian Army (FSA) seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in 2011 was hijacked and overtaken by international jihadists.

More: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/global-terror-groups-set-to-exploit-violence-in-myanmar-s-9267176
27   bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Oct 3, 6:49am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

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Echoes of Syria

The emerging, coalescence of foreign jihadists against Myanmar has echoes of Syria, warn analysts, where the moderate, secular anti-government Free Syrian Army (FSA) seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in 2011 was hijacked and overtaken by international jihadists.


Someone doesn't know jack shit about Syria or what happened in Syria

BayAreaObserver says
Global terror groups set to exploit violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine:


Of course they are. They are getting the shit kicked out of them in Syria and Iraq. They need new places to keep the movement going to keep the funding going. The people writing the checks expect a return on investment.
28   Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Oct 3, 9:14am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

bob2356 says
BayAreaObserver says
Global terror groups set to exploit violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine:


Of course they are. They are getting the shit kicked out of them in Syria and Iraq. They need new places to keep the movement going to keep the funding going. The people writing the checks expect a return on investment.


I'm more concerned about the people who don't want to be overrun by violent Islam and it's rotten sharia laws. They are the true victims.
29   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 16, 3:52pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

South Asia’s 4 Competing Jihads. Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban have differing visions for the region.

In South Asia, a tussle is underway between Islamic State (ISIS) and like-minded groups, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, which is currently based in Afghanistan), the Afghan Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The jihadi groups seek to establish one of two major competing Islamist political orders – the “Caliphate political order” or the “Amir-ul-Momineen political order.” Collectively, these groups have launched four different jihads with the goal of creating either “Islamic State Khorasan Province,” the “Islamic State of Khorasan,” or the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan or Waziristan.”

Against the backdrop of these different jihads, it seems that ISIS is facing serious difficulties in establishing its Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) in South Asia. Currently, an intense ideological rivalry is going on in Afghanistan between ISIS and like-minded groups and the Afghan Taliban along with bandwagoning groups. As a result, the ISIS Afghanistan chapter has not been able to achieve the level of success it saw initially in Iraq and Syria. If ISIS is not able to score successes in a weaker state like Afghanistan, then its future prospects for taking roots elsewhere in South Asia are likely limited. To understand any possible future prospects for ISIS in the region, there is a need to understand the political vision of ISIS, while comparing and contrasting it to those being advocated by al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban, and TTP.

More: https://thediplomat.com/2017/11/south-asias-4-competing-jihads/
30   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 25, 4:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Indonesian terrorists turn to social media to raise funds. KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesian terrorist organisations are increasingly turning to social media to raise funds for terror activities as it is easy to open accounts using false identities, according to the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK).

“There is an increasing fundraising trends for terrorist activities, terrorists and terrorist organisations; to raise ... funding on social media,” Kiagus Ahmad Badaruddin, head of PPATK, told the closed-door 3rd Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit 2017 in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (Nov 23).

PPATK is Indonesia’s anti-money laundering agency.

“This is due to the following matters - easy opening of accounts on social media enabled by the use of false identities, making it difficult to identify and track the owner; (the) broader distribution of information … resulting in higher potential for (terrorists) receiving substantial amounts of funds,” said Kiagus, according to a copy of his speech obtained by Channel NewsAsia.

More: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesian-terrorists-turn-to-social-media-to-raise-funds-9437640
31   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 25, 4:46pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Islamic State’s new frontline in the Philippines. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, an IS-allied militant group, threatens to launch an urban warfare assault similar to the siege of Marawi City.

Cotabato City, the seat of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, is around 80% Muslim and a major regional economic and political center. Located about four hours by car from Marawi, Cotabato City is now said to be on full alert for a possible IS-inspired attack.

Security experts have warned that apart from the BIFF, other IS-aligned groups such as the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Ansar Khalifa Philippines are also likely regrouping and planning new attacks to leverage into and sustain the momentum of the world headline-grabbing Marawi assault.

More: http://www.atimes.com/article/islamic-states-new-frontline-philippines/
32   mell   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 25, 7:24pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Just make Duterte king of Asia for a while and this is taken care of. He doesn't like Obummer but then again, who does ;)
33   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 26, 8:06am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

mell. "Just make Duterte king of Asia for a while and this is taken care of."

Duterte has his hands full right now in the Philippines let alone trying to solve anyone else's problems and despite his blusterous rhetoric he was not even close to ending the siege in Marawi as per the initial proclamations as per time etc.

The "problem" has not gone away, is not going to go away and will come back again and again and again both in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia. The "bad guys" are not defeated, they are raising money and can strike at will with impunity when and where they choose and it is the "good guys" (this is really a huge stretch with Duterte and his regime including members of his own family who are under suspicion for dealing drugs) who have to keep trying to out maneuver something they have no idea how to defeat.
34   mell   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 26, 8:17am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

BayAreaObserver says
mell. "Just make Duterte king of Asia for a while and this is taken care of."

Duterte has his hands full right now in the Philippines let alone trying to solve anyone else's problems and despite his blusterous rhetoric he was not even close to ending the siege in Marawi as per the initial proclamations as per time etc.

The "problem" has not gone away, is not going to go away and will come back again and again and again both in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia. The "bad guys" are not defeated, they are raising money and can strike at will with impunity when and where they choose and it is the "good guys" (this is really a huge stretch with Duterte and his regime including members of his own family who are under suspicion for dealing drugs) who have to keep trying to out maneuver something they have no idea how to defeat.


IMO this is mostly propaganda by the lamestream media. History has shown that dictators or very strong authoritarian leaders time and time again were able to successfully defeat issues like these. Be it Mussolini w the Mafia or Gaddafi or S Hussein or even Giuliani in NYC. Sometimes it takes measures like these, of course people are free to debate whether the price of giving up liberties in exchange is worth it. But calling Duterte ineffective is ludicrous. He just isn't liked by the globalists, similar to Gaddafi, Hussein, Assad.
35   mell   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 26, 8:20am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Wrt drugs I think legalizing them and making them extremely cheap is a much more effective method and also goes well with a libertarian stance. That doesn't apply to terrorist groups though.
36   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 26, 4:28pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

mell - The Philippines has been one corrupt ineffective regime after another for decades. Duterte is not any different and will be replaced soon unless he declares Martial Law countrywide. He may envision himself leader forever but being the country that it is taking him out by any number of means including assassination will not be a problem when he steps on the wrong toes enough times.

The Mafia was greatly subdued under Mussolini, not wiped out or beaten out of existence. Abu Sayyaf has retreated into safe territory and will make themselves known again very soon. You may or may not be aware the southern part of the country has been a Muslim stronghold for decades.

Dictators can drive people underground but are not so effective as destroying the ideology, if at all. Duterte's actions and solutions are temporary in nature but I know you will not agree. It would help if you had a better grasp as the degree of corruption within the police agencies there and then go from that point. Everyone and everything there has a price preferably in U.S. dollars to make something or someone go away.

History also shows us strongmen as per your shining examples above do not last either.

You may admire Duterte from a distance, you might not be so keen after spending some time there.
37   mell   ignore (1)   2017 Nov 26, 4:39pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)     quote      

BayAreaObserver says
History also shows us strongmen as per your shining examples above do not last either.


Some do until they get wiped out by the US neocons.

BayAreaObserver says
You may admire Duterte from a distance, you might not be so keen after spending some time there.


Nothing to do with admiration. Just being practical. We know that appeasement has failed dramatically.

A government can suppress anything they want successfully forever given there's no foreign intervention or a rare one in a time revolution paired with people at the highest level stabbing each other in the back. Just look at North Korea.
38   TwoScoopsPlissken   ignore (0)   2017 Nov 26, 4:57pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

And what would somebody like Junckers, von Hofstadt, or the Swedish Feminist Party types accomplish in the Philippines?

"What do you mean they're attacking Mindanao? Mr. Abu Sayyif gave me his word, upon his honor! Damme! Help me draft a strongly worded communique, Jacques. 'Pon my Word, can't we all just get along? Don't they understand that reasonable, rational conversation and mutual respect is so very important?"

"They said they don't want liberal Democracy, they want Islam."

"Oh dear, well Islam is a religion of peace so let's see if we can negotiate just one more time."
39   BayAreaObserver   ignore (1)   2018 Jan 6, 1:29pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Radicalisation not a threat that can be flushed out. Despite the fall of Islamic State and the recapture of Marawi, countering radicalism in Singapore just got more complex, say two RSIS security experts.

SINGAPORE: Securing Singapore against terror threats will require more than Singaporeans being vigilant or knowing when to run and hide when a crisis hits home.

An obsession with terror attacks can blindside us to the more serious and long-term risks of radicalising influences that seek to create schisms and divide society, weakening our social fabric.

The difficult challenge remains how to inoculate ourselves from these influences and be more discerning about potentially polarising developments, especially if complacency about racial and religious harmony sets in.

While Singapore continues to be spared from terrorist attacks, thwarting plots targeting places at home, developments over the past year suggest the fight is far from over.

Even with the defeat of the Islamic State in Mosul last year, our view is countering radicalisation remains a never-ending uphill battle given persistent, ground-up efforts by extremist groups.

Radicalisation can spread and take root rapidly as extremist groups harness the power of the Internet to preach their brand of exclusivism, distort events and create misinformation.

More: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-radicalisation-not-a-threat-that-can-be-flushed-out-9835408

Dear NeoCons, GOP Stalwarts, Trumpettes, - ISIS is not defeated. They may have lost a battle in the Middle East, they are not dead there and really getting ready to kick it up a few notches in Southeast Asia but if believing the West delivered a knock out blow in the Middle East sounds good, then you probably believe in trickle down as well. By all means get all of your news from right of center media based in this country as well.

As for the Phlippines: 2018 will be 'dangerous' for the Philippines. The government's single-minded focus on the war on drugs led to the miscalculation of other imminent security threats, the expert noted. "That's why the military was blindsided by the Maute takeover of Marawi," said Custodio. In May, the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf, a militant group notorious for kidnappings and beheadings in the southern Philippines, consolidated forces and overran the city of Marawi.

The military, more accustomed to jungle warfare, found themselves in unfamiliar territory fighting a surprisingly well-organized enemy in urban terrain. It took the military five months to "liberate" the city. The siege indicated that the ripples of violent extremism had reached Southeast Asia. In an interview, terrorism expert Sidney Jones said, "Marawi in particular has become the new sexy destination for jihad."

Analyst Custodio further warned that the Marawi crisis left the military in a precarious situation. "There are reports that the Maute is consolidating and that other cities in Mindanao are in danger of an attack."

"Another attack will be disastrous for the military that is still recovering from its losses. The total casualties and fatalities were equal to one brigade. The military does not have enough brigades to begin with," Custodio pointed out.

If the political situation deteriorates, then it could have a negative impact on the economy as well, he warned. "The private sector will be the glimmer of hope that can keep the economy afloat, but they can only do so much. If there is a constitutional crisis, that would affect the business environment," Custodio concluded.

More: http://www.dw.com/en/2018-will-be-dangerous-for-the-philippines/a-41958906

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