The West is facing a more powerful terrorism threat now than in the lead-up to 9/11 because of the Middle East’s current political and economic uncertainty, according to one of Australia’s top security analysts.
Research director at thinktank, The Lowy Institute for International Policy, Anthony Bubalo says the region’s many conflicts have galvanised international extremism and provided an environment in which “a whole new generation of jihadists is being re-tooled and re-trained”.
Mr Bubalo argues that the current turmoil in the Middle East is incubating a new generation of jihadists, he says in many respects the current conditions in the region are worse than those that saw the emergence of radical groups like al-Qaeda.
Mr Bubalo says that Australia will need to properly sustain its counter terrorism efforts in years to come, in light of the number of Australians taking part in wars around the globe. He says there is an immediate threat from foreign fighters returning from the Syrian civil war both to Australia and Indonesia with military skills and extremist connections :: Read the full article »»»»