By Kumar Ramakrishna, See Seng Tan
This ebook seriously analyses the categorical chance of terrorism in Southeast Asia because the Bali blasts of 12 October 2002 and the US-led warfare on Iraq. It deals a finished and important exam of the ideological, socioeconomic and political motivations, trans-regional linkages, and media representations of the terrorist danger within the quarter, assesses the efficacy of the local counter-terror reaction and indicates a extra balanced and nuanced method of struggling with the fear possibility in Southeast Asia. The members contain top students of political Islam within the sector, well known terrorism and neighborhood safeguard analysts, in addition to very popular local reporters and commentators. This represents an impressive and unrivaled mixture of workmanship.
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Reinforcing Gunaratna's argument, Zachary Abuza insists that "JI must be seen as an integral part of Al Qaeda". The strength of Abuza's essay is the detail he provides on the various modalities by which Al Qaeda funds have been channeled to radical Islamist groups in the region. In this connection, Abuza identifies three important Saudi-based charities that have played a role in financing militant activities in the region: "the Islamic International Relief Organisation (IIRO), which is part of the Muslim World League, a fully Saudi state-funded organisation, the al Haramain Islamic Foundation, also based in Saudi Arabia, and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth".
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