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“I do think it is possible that ISIS has communicated directly or embedded with these local groups and found a way of helping plot, amplify and supercharge their capabilities and operational effectiveness on the ground.
The ISIS diaspora and expertise is real, and ISIS has global designs — in South Asia and elsewhere.” What the Islamic State lost in territory it did not lose in ideological influence.
The 9th ‘Colombo Defence Seminar - 2019’ at the BMICH, the Sri Lanka Army’s flagship symposium on security developments at national and international level with this year’s thematic focus on ‘Evolving Military Excellence in the Contemporary Security Landscape’ drew to a close this evening (30) after an assortment of world-wide security experts and a gathering...
The Army-choreographed cultural spectacle for 'Colombo Defence Seminar - 2019' (CDS) participants that went on boards Thursday (29) evening at Hotel Shangri La mesmerized and held the audiences spellbound for about...
Last week, through its Amaq News Agency, the group asserted responsibility for an attack in Congo for the first time. But “some have had contact [with foreign extremists] dating back years that included training and fighting abroad.” As Sri Lankans continued to mourn, government officials scrambled to determine how they had failed to detect cooperation between a local group, which was known to at least some Sri Lankan authorities, and outsiders.
For decades, parts of eastern Congo have been submerged in conflict, and a number of armed groups seeking to undermine the government have taken advantage of the chaos, launching attacks on civilian and military targets. Officials said 18 more arrests were made overnight Tuesday, taking the total to 58.
Modern humans arrived in South Asia from Africa in around 60,000 BCE, with the earliest definitive evidence of settlement in Sri Lanka dating to about 28,000 BCE.
Early humans had also been to the island much earlier, leaving stone-age tools that can be dated to around 125,000 BCE.
They have become known as Veddoid, after the modern-day Väddā tribal group, of whom they may be the ancestors.A land bridge connected India and Sri Lanka until around 5000 BCE, allowing different groups to come and go.The exact origin of these early settlers has been much debated, particularly in the light of modern ethnic tensions.On Tuesday, video emerged of the suspected ringleader of the attacks and seven followers, their faces obscured by scarves, swearing allegiance to the Islamic State and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “However, ISIS generally has built its global network by recruiting from existing extremist groups around the world,” she said.The Islamic State also issued a formal communique asserting responsibility for the attacks, which it said targeted Christians and “coalition countries.” The statement embraced the suicide bombers as “brothers,” identifying them by their presumed aliases and naming the churches and hotels each of them struck. President Trump has, on different occasions, declared the caliphate defeated and destroyed. S.-backed forces took the last territory controlled by the Islamic State — the Syrian village of Baghouz — in March. intelligence agencies have been tracking the group’s recruitment efforts and how they might encompass Sri Lanka, current and former officials said.
My security division knew about the advance notice [of the attack]; I did not.” While officials examined their own failures, some looked outside the country to help explain the bloody attacks. “It’s also true that terrorist organizations are often opportunistic in the way that they claim justification or rationalization for their attacks, so it’s possible that the minister’s comments reflect something that is emerging in the investigation from talking to suspects linked to the perpetrators,” he said.