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November 11, 2015
Is ISIS in South Asia?
Most of the focus on ISIS is in the Middle East, where its worst atrocities occur and where it has seized territory the size of Austria. At this point, the extent of an ISIS presence in South Asia is unclear. Area intelligence agencies including India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) dismiss the notion (at least publicly). The chatter I have heard, however, is not about either of those countries, but about Bangladesh. Although it is the third largest Muslim-majority country and the only country listed among the world's ten most populous and ten most densely populated, Bangladesh tends to get lost in discussions about South Asia. As a result, radical Islamists along with a passive and sometimes sympathetic government have allowed some pretty nasty thing to happen there under the radar: After the initial allied operation in Afghanistan, Bangladesh became a haven for many fleeing al-Qaeda...(Read Full Post)