From just being wombs that birth the “cubs of the caliphate” or an extension of male terrorists, women are now being deployed in terror attacks.
Social media has long been a platform for terrorist groups to spread propaganda about their activities and to recruit volunteers.
The incident in Marawi has sent shockwaves throughout the region and brought into question the preparedness of ASEAN member states in dealing with terrorist threats on our collective shores.
The spread of IS’ brand of terrorism and the empowerment of its ideology to its intended audience comes at a monetary cost that must be borne by terror groups.
The ASEAN member states have adopted a declaration to combat and prevent transnational crimes in the region during the 11th AMMTC (ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime) held in Manila, the Philippines last week.