South China Morning Post
ISIS Terror Tactics Being Exported To Southeast Asia, US Official Says
Isis fighters are not going to Southeast Asia en masse, but the US has seen a rise of Isis-inspired plans, including suicide bombings, in the region
Counterterrorism official Nathan Sales says Washington will target the various flows of terror financing to curb the efforts of terrorists in Southeast Asia
by Amy Chew
Islamic State militants are not heading to Southeast Asia “in droves” following the fall of the Caliphate even though the terror group has been encouraging its fighters in Syria
to take the fight to other regions, according to the US State Department’s top counterterrorism official.
“We have seen a few indications of an interest in travelling to Southeast Asia, but truth be told, it’s not one of the regions that Isis fighters seem to be heading to in droves,” Nathan Sales told a press briefing in Manila on Friday.
“So far we haven’t seen a huge problem, but we have to make sure we keep it that way,” Sales said. He added that the United States
was working with the Philippines to boost cooperation on border security, to prevent people from exploiting the maritime environment to gain access to countries in the region.