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Michael Vatikiotis -- Fighting extremism requires a new mindset

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People attend a candlelight vigil for the victims of the July 1 terrorist attack in Dhaka.   © Reuters

The holy month of Ramadan saw terrorist attacks claimed by Islamic State take almost 400 lives around the world. The targeting of Bangladesh and Malaysia in particular has revived fears that with IS under military pressure in Syria and Iraq, its shadowy planners are looking at resorting to the old Al-Qaeda model of networked terrorist cells operating in Muslim majority Asia.

This means that in addition to the many thousands of foreign fighters who made their way into the ranks of IS in Syria and Iraq returning home with the motivation and the skills to carry out terrorist attacks, it is possible that IS has begun helping them to recruit and organize spectacular attacks.

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