Animesh Roul "Risk from domestic radicals rises in the Maldives", Janes Intelligence Review, October 2014

"Low Lying Threat: Risk from domestic radicals rises in the Maldives"
Jane's Intelligence Review, October 2014
The Maldives is experiencing a growing undercurrent of Islamist extremism.  Animesh Roul examines this trend and the domestic risk posed by Maldivian youths travelling to fight alongside Islamist groups in jihadist theatres such as Syria.

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