Sri Lanka attacks focus spotlight on terror threat in South Asia

Weak counter-terror measures, militant cells and religious tensions make region vulnerable

It may have lost its kingdom but that does not mean it cannot rule and unleash terror far beyond its former geographical caliphate.

This is an assessment that counter-terror experts have reiterated in the wake of what seems to be a devastating comeback by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2019, with the headline 'Sri Lanka attacks focus spotlight on terror threat in South Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe