The threat of terrorism against Singapore remains high as Singapore continues to be featured in radical propaganda, and resumption of international travel after Covid-19 is concerned about how terrorist plans on ice will proceed. Is causing.
Performing an annual terrorist threat assessment on Wednesday (July 13), the Internal Security Department (ISD) said Singapore’s main concerns were online self-intensified people, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ) Said to be a group of Muslim terrorists, pose a threat with the ability to stimulate attacks.
According to the ISD, there is currently no specific information on an imminent terrorist attack on Singapore, but since 2015, 45 self-intensified individuals, consisting of 33 Singaporeans and 12 foreigners, have been in internal security. A detention order or restriction order was issued under security. Law (ISA).
There are also 13 people (3 Singaporeans and 10 foreigners) convicted of terrorist financing crimes.
These incidents highlight the threat posed by online terrorist propaganda and self-radicalization, ISD said in the fourth edition of the Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report.
“The threat from Islamic terrorist groups and their violent ideologies continues. Virtual networks of their supporters continue to spread propaganda, raise funds and attempt attacks.
The latest example of self-radicalization is a former mover of a logistics company detained under ISA in April.
Radjev Lal Madan Lal, 29, was influenced by the online sermons of foreign radical preacher Imran Hossein and practiced knitting techniques while thinking of traveling to pick up weapons. He also sought to recruit his family and friends and created a social media group to spread his ideology online.
His case “emphasizes the spread of online terrorist and extremist ideologies, including those disseminated by foreign preachers and ideologies,” ISD said, where zero against extremist rhetoric. He emphasized the importance of the tolerance approach.
On the international side, the ministry said ISIS would continue to pose a significant security threat. Despite losing territory in Syria and Iraq about four years ago, the terrorist group has not stopped the attack and recently claimed credit for the attack in Syria, Egypt and Israel.
ISIS announced a new leader the month after its leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi Alkreishi, died during a U.S. military attack in February.
This swift appointment reflects the Group’s “deep leadership bench and operational resilience,” ISD said. Outside the conflict zone, ISIS continues to build a global footprint through its affiliates in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, he added.
Within Southeast Asia, such affiliates are a major driver of terrorism and pose the most pressing threat through their ability to launch ISIS-inspired attacks, the ministry said.
Strong counterterrorism and Covid-19 travel restrictions have reduced the number and size of ISIS-related or stimulated terrorist programs in the region, but ISD has lifted border restrictions. He warned that the stagnation could be temporary.
The ISD states that more than 1,000 Southeast Asians have visited the Syrian / Iraqi conflict zone since the mid-2010s. At least 600 remain in Syria, a significant number of whom are women and children in detention camps.
“Despite the distance, these individuals raise safety concerns in our area. Combat-enhanced fighters can facilitate and direct attacks from abroad,” ISD said. Told.
He added that these camps would serve as an incubator for the next generation of extremists indoctrinated by violent ideologies. Female supporters from there are reportedly actively promoting ISIS on social media, driving others to their hometowns.
Flagging the prosperous professional ISIS ecosystem on social media, ISD is working on “cyber jihad” by autonomous media groups and ISIS supporters distributing official ISIS materials along with their own promotions. I said there is.
“This encourages the radicalization and adoption of a virtual” believer caliphate “that remains loyal to ISIS. “
The report reports on the new threat of far-right extremism and the regional terrorist cell Jemaah Islamiyah with the militant network al-Qaeda, the designer of global terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Emphasized how to revive the relationship.
The ISD said the government has strengthened its counter-terrorism capabilities and kept Singapore safe, while members of the public have played an important role in combating such threats through preparation and vigilance.
The anti-terrorism movement SGSecure, launched in 2016, said it helped mobilize the community in the fight against terrorism, emphasizing how important an individual’s initial response to the scene of a terrorist attack is.
After the attack, ISD added that a collective response by the community to condemn the act and support the affected people would be the basis of Singapore’s recovery.
“Our strongest defense is our collective, in addition to a zero-tolerance approach to those who seek to carry out or fund terrorist acts or spread radical rhetoric to the sedition departments within the community. It’s vigilance, preparation, resilience, and unity. “
The Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report is intended to alert Singaporeans about the security environment here and in the region. First published in June 2017, it was first released every two years, but is now released annually.