One of the aspects that made Southeast Asia to appealing to the Al-Qaida leadership in the first place was the network of Islamic charities, the spread of poorly regulated Islamic banks, business-friendly environments, and economies that already had records of extensive money laundering. It is the contention of this book that Al-Qaida saw the region, first and foremost, as a back office for its activities (especially to set up front companies, fundraise, recruit, forge documents, and purchase weapons), and only later became a theatre of operations in its own right as its affiliate organizations in Southeast Asia, the Jemmah Islamiya, developed its own capabilities.
The emergence of several Islamic militant groups in North-East India and their ability to forge close ties with the regionís most violent militant groups like the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and other foreign-based Islamic groups pose a major security threat for the region.
The book may not only provide reference but also serve as a guide and inspiration of future research into the realm of Islamic Militancy in South Asia. The environmentalists, scholars, administrators dealing with environmental protection are expected to find this book indispensable.
Author: Pragya Singh
Features: HB, Spr