From Malaysia to the Philippines, what are the most serious terror threats in Southeast Asia 20 years after 9/11?

Isis fighters parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle in 2014. Groups linked to Isis and al-Qaeda are seen as among the most serious terror threats in Southeast Asia. 

  • In Indonesia and the southern Philippines, security agencies are most concerned by groups linked to al-Qaeda and Isis
  • In Malaysia, however, an official has warned that religious and ethnically motivated violent extremism is the most significant danger the country faces
A senior Malaysian counterterrorism official has warned that religious and ethnically motivated violent extremism is the most significant terrorism-related danger the country faces, while Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore are most concerned by groups linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State (Isis). The comments from officials and analysts came as This Week in Asia asked security agencies in the region about the most serious terror threats they faced 20 years after September 11.

The response from Malaysia was starkly different, and drew attention to the sensitive issues of race and religion that in recent years have been increasingly prominent in the country’s political rhetoric.

Source: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3149728/malaysia-philippines-what-are-most-serious-terror-threats

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