BNPT: ISIS Network Becoming More Dangerous

Ahmad Mustaqim    •    Selasa, 15 Sep 2015 16:16 WIB
BNPT: ISIS Network Becoming More Dangerous
Smoke rises in the distance behind an Islamic State (IS) group flag and banner after Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reportedly captured several villages from IS group jihadists in the district of Daquq, south of the northern Iraqi multi-ethnic city of K, Yogyakarta: The Secretary General of the National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT), Major Gen. Abdurrahman Kadir stated the development of the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) network is becoming a high concern. The reason is that the network has become a terrorism network beyond the existing Al Qaeda network.

"Aside from brutal actions, it is also due to its ability in recruiting foreign fighters from various countries, including Indonesia," he said when acting as a speaker on the Prevention of ISIS Radicalism Ideology at the Hall of KH Ahmad Dahlan, in the Muhammadiyah University, Yogyakarta, Tuesday (9/15/2015).

He explained that despite surfacing only in Iraq during the President Saddam Husein's administration, the network has expanded into Europe and America.

The expansion of the ideology was considered fast, as they used the social media network available for public.

"ISIS has become an intelligent group utilizing the Internet network as a propaganda tool to recruit followers. There are thousands of muslims in the world who have joined ISIS," he mentioned.

He continued that ISIS may become anyone's foundation to conduct terror with the prize of both heaven and money. The vulnerable groups include youngsters, both students or undergraduates. "ISIS propaganda has aimed to the students, who are easy targets," he mentioned.

He urged all public elements to avoid the radical ideology. The institution of education and student organizations should be able to prevent and conduct early detection on any radical ideologies.

"ISIS was only a result of domestic conflict between Iraq and Syria, not religious. The common empathy to others has become the key in preventing the development of that particular ideology," he elaborated.