Bin Laden’s Asia Shadow

Even in death, Osama bin Laden will continue to haunt Southeast Asia, where he helped forge the backbone of the region’s terrorist outfits, from the Southern Philippines to West Indonesia. The ink on the Saudi’s death certificate was barely dry when the first warnings of pending attacks were issued. Read The Diplomat.

The politicians were correct if predictable in the issue of travel warnings, but more ominous were comments coming from the region’s insiders, people like Nasir Abbas – a reformed jihadist who turned state’s evidence against Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in the wake of the 2002 Bali bombing.

 

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Luke Hunt is a foreign correspondent, author and occasional photographer who has covered much of Asia fr the last 30 years.

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