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Islamic State Is Attracting SE Asian Fighters, Soufan Group Says

Islamic State is attracting a growing number of militants from Southeast Asia to fight in Iraq and Syria, raising the risk they will return to carry out attacks in their home countries, according to a U.S.-based security consultancy.

As many as 200 Indonesians and at least 30 Malaysians have traveled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State and other rebel groups via third-party countries such as Egypt and Turkey, said the report by New York-based Soufan Group, which provides strategic analysis to governments.