ISIS continues to pose “serious” threats
Externally, ISD said terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) pose a lasting threat with their ability to radicalize and stimulate attacks among their followers.
“ISIS continues to pose a significant global security threat despite the loss of leadership and territory in core conflict zones,” said ISD, a former chief in the February US raid. He pointed out how to appoint a new leader about a month after he died.
Within Southeast Asia, ISIS affiliates are the main driver of terrorism and pose the most pressing threat through their ability to launch ISIS-inspired attacks, ISD said.
Pro-ISIS militant factions in the southern Philippines continue to involve security forces in rebel-style armed clashes, while elements of Indonesia’s ISIS-affiliated Gemmer Anschart Daula are proactive in planning attacks. There is, the agency said.
“Last year, the number and scale of ISIS-related or stimulated terrorist attacks and plans in Southeast Asia decreased primarily due to strong counterterrorism and COVID-19 travel bans,” ISD said. Told.
“Given that travel bans around the world have been lifted, this calm can be temporary.”
As restrictions are relaxed and cross-border travel resumes, terrorist elements may “become more active and revisit reserved parcels.”
In this region, ISIS’s violent ideology continues to resonate with radical Islamists, supported by the prosperous parent ISIS ecosystem on social media, ISD said.
The agency explained that these online networks allow like-minded individuals in the region to coordinate terrorist activities across physical borders and exchange operational expertise such as weapons manufacturing.
“If the travel ban is relaxed, online collaboration between radicals could emerge as a real-world attack,” he said.
“As a result, the region is at increased risk of ISIS-inspired attacks by its own militants acting alone or in small groups.”
But to the West, the ISD believes that the threat from far-right extremism “covers the threat of Islamic terrorism.”
The ISD noted that two shooters killed 33 people in a supermarket in a recent mass shooting in the United States, killing 51 worshipers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019. He emphasized that he seemed to be inspired by the white supremacist Brenton Tarant.
“Globally, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could serve as a rallying point for elements of the extreme right militants who have been interested in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine since Russia merged Crimea in 2014.” Said ISD.
The ISD said that about 20,000 volunteers (which are likely to contain far-right extremist elements) responded to invitations to join the Ukrainian International Army, with some Western nations “important” in the defense of Ukraine. Reported that it provided a “cash”.
“The proliferation of foreign fighters and surplus weapons in collaboration with the far-right militants is likely a by-product of a protracted conflict in Ukraine,” ISD added.
Threat of self-radicalization in Singapore
In Singapore, the ISD said the threat of self-radicalization remains the “major driver” of the threat of domestic terrorism.
Since 2015, 45 self-intensified people, consisting of 33 Singaporeans and 12 foreigners, have been ordered under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
The ISD quoted the latest case of 29-year-old Singaporean Radjev Lal Madan Lal, who was detained under the ISA in April.
Rajev was introduced in 2013 in an online sermon by a radical preacher from Trinidad and Tobago, and was eventually “deeply radicalized” by his teachings and the teachings of other radical preachers from other countries.
Rajev considered the need for armed violence against “Islamic enemies” and considered traveling to Afghanistan to join the Taliban militants. He also sought to recruit his family and friends and created a social media group to spread his ideology, ISD said.
He did not have a concrete attack plan, but Rajev admitted that he was prepared to attack in Singapore or against the interests of Singapore abroad, the ministry said.
“The Rajev case underscores the prevalence of online terrorist and radical ideologies, including those disseminated by foreign preachers and ideologies,” he added.
“Therefore, it is important to maintain Singapore’s zero-tolerance approach to radical rhetoric and hate speech and inoculate a wider community against radical ideology.”