Islamic State announces expansion into Southeast Asia with attacks, threats

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Malaysian Special Forcesgo through a drill at Semporna. File Picture by Luke Hunt

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — As Islamic State branches out from its base in Syria and Iraq, fears are mounting here that Southeast Asia is emerging as a new target of opportunity for the violent jihadi group.

In some cases, Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, is supplanting established radical Islamist groups — often with ties to the rival al Qaeda — and in other cases is linking up with local jihadi groups that have long battled governments in the region.

Read more from Luke Hunt in The Washington Times.
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