Publisher: United States Congressional Research Service
Title: Terrorism in Southeast Asia
CRS report number: RL34194
Author(s): Bruce Vaughn, Coordinator, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Mark Manyin, and Larry Niksch, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division
Date: September 11, 2007
- Since September 2001, the United States has increased focus on radical Islamist and terrorist groups in Southeast Asia, particularly those in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Southeast Asia is a base for past, current, and possibly future terrorist operations. Al Qaeda penetrated the region by establishing local cells, training Southeast Asians in its camps in Afghanistan, and by financing and cooperating with indigenous radical Islamist groups. Indonesia and the southern Philippines have been particularly vulnerable to penetration by anti-American Islamic terrorist groups.
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