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Seeds of extremism in Myanmar

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Rohingya people are pictured at the Khaung Dokkha camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Myanmar's Rakhine State.   © Reuters

Sectarian tensions that have plagued predominantly Buddhist Myanmar in recent years may swell the ranks of Islamic jihadi groups and hinder the country's economic growth.

     In September, al-Qaida announced the establishment of a new South Asian branch, specifically identifying intended areas of operations as India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The announcement followed al-Qaida's public severing of ties with the Islamic State group in February, and may be an attempt by the group to re-establish leadership in the global jihadi community. 

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