ISIS is Targeting Southeast Asia Amid Declining Mideast Support: Terror Expert
By: Krystal Chia and Lin Xeuling
The self-styled terrorist group Islamic State, or ISIS, is growing its presence in Southeast Asia to make up for losing ground in Iraq and Syria, says Mr Ahmad El-Muhammady, an advisor to the Royal Malaysia Police on terrorist detainees.
In May, officials from the United States Department of Defense said that ISIS had lost about 45 per cent of the territory it claimed in Iraq and about 10 per cent of the land it held in Syria.
“The area controlled by ISIS is shrinking and this has a psychological impact on them. Even among cyber troopers, they ask questions about what’s going on now,” said Mr Ahmad, who is also a lecturer at the International Islamic University, Malaysia.
Security intelligence firm The Soufan Group estimates that 700 Indonesians and 100 Malaysians are fighting alongside ISIS in the Middle East.
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