Here's The ISIS Recruitment Hub You Aren't Hearing About | Singapore Informer

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WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to fight the extremist Islamic State group’s recruitment within the United States. It’s another for the U.S. to help partners tackle the group’s fighters on the ground in Iraq and Syria. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that if the U.S. and its allies want to defeat the group, they will have to do more — and that includes making visible anti-Islamic State efforts in areas of the world where Westerners, worried most about attacks at home or on their own citizens, rarely focus much of their attention.

A potent example is Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population.

Indonesia doesn’t get mentioned much in talk about the global fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. One reason is understandable: Most international news outlets report on the powerful countries that take the lead on global security, and those states’ chief priority is to defend their own citizens. That’s why their officials spend the vast majority of their time talking about the immediate threat ISIS poses to their own narrow national interests.But the other likely explanation leaves a great deal to be desired. It’s that focusing the anti-terror conversation on the West and the Middle East has long been the way things are done — and gigantic supporting structures, from cottage industries of well-paid analysts to massive weapons producers, have evolved to serve that focus. In the process, of course, these interests ensure their own relevance by maintaining a comfortable status quo.

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