Militaries play increasing role in counter-terrorism efforts

Philippine troops in a drill at the Murai Urban Training Facility in Lim Chu Kang as part of an exchange with the Singapore Armed Forces last December. Unless the guardians of security in the region move from counter-terrorism cooperation to collabor
Philippine troops in a drill at the Murai Urban Training Facility in Lim Chu Kang as part of an exchange with the Singapore Armed Forces last December. Unless the guardians of security in the region move from counter-terrorism cooperation to collaboration, the threat of ideological extremism and its operational manifestations will persist, says the writer.ST FILE PHOTO

With its battle space shrinking in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is expanding worldwide, including to South-east Asia. Against the backdrop of the rising terrorist threat, Singapore as chair of Asean will host a series of meetings to discuss the renewed threat and enhance the region's counter-terrorism cooperation to tackle it.

Yesterday, Singapore hosted the 15th Asean Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting to discuss ways to build capacity and strengthen practical regional cooperation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'Militaries play increasing role in counter-terrorism efforts'. Subscribe