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Rakhine conflict could ignite regional religious tensions

Myanmar's harsh crackdown on Rohingya population draws extreme international responses

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

The resurgence of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state has opened a dangerous fissure in Southeast Asia that threatens to divide the two most important religious faiths in the region: Buddhism and Islam. Never in modern times have tensions been so high between faiths that have coexisted peacefully in this region for centuries. If the trend continues, it could become a more dangerous threat to social stability than that posed by Islamic State fighters returning from the Middle East.

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