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Title: Countering Jihadist militancy in Bangladesh
Authors: International Crisis Group
Keywords: Jihadism; Jihadist militancy; Jihadist militancy -- Bangladesh; Religious violence -- Bangladesh; Islamist militancy -- Bangladesh; Islamic fundamentalism; Islamic fundamentalism -- Bangladesh; Counter-terrorism
Issue Date: 28-Feb-2018
Publisher: International Crisis Group
Citation: https://d2071andvip0wj.cloudfront.net/295-countering-jihadist-militancy-in-bangladesh.pdf
Description: "Bangladesh faces a sustained threat from jihadist attacks.1 Since 2015, two jihadist groups, Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarul Islam (hereafter Ansar), have targeted foreigners, secular activists and intellectuals, religious and sectarian minorities, and other perceived opponents with rising frequency. These groups appear to be more integrated into transnational networks than earlier generations of jihadists. Yet their expansion is largely rooted in domestic political dynamics, which influence and inform state efforts against them. The bloody 1-2 July 2016 siege at a café in Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan neighbourhood, the heart of the diplomatic zone, forced domestic and international policymakers to reconsider the extent to which jihadist militancy had taken root in Bangladesh. That three out of five alleged attackers belonged to Dhaka’s elite, not the madrasa sector more commonly associated with such jihadist militancy, suggests that the appeal of jihadism has spread and that jihadists may be able to tap a new constituency from which to recruit, even if thus far only in small numbers. The report analyses the roots of Bangladesh’s jihadist groups, their goals, organisational dynamics, recruitment patterns and links to regional and transnational networks. "
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2451/42265
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