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Dhaka’s July 2016 Café Attack
On July 1, 2016, five Bangladeshi youth steeped in the Islamic State's violent ideology targeted a cafe in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter, singling out foreigners and non-Muslims for slaughter in an attack that left 29 dead. "A massacre of this magnitude never happened in our country," Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told BenarNews. A year later, top police counter-terrorism official Monirul Islam says security forces have destroyed the domestic network they blame for the attack, Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). "But militancy may not be uprooted and JMB may reappear with another name unless we have a proper de-radicalization program,” he said.


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The Rohingya Exodus
At least 70,000 Rohingya Muslims have entered Bangladesh since October 2016, amid a military crackdown on the minority community in Myanmar triggered by an attack on Burmese border guards in early October 2016 that killed nine. Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing to Bangladesh -- and to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and India -- since the 1970s to escape repression in Myanmar.


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South China Sea | Conflict and Diplomacy on the High Seas
The U.S. and other Western nations have pushed for a “rule-based order” in the South China Sea, which carries a large portion of the world’s maritime freight traffic, calling it critical to regional security and economic prosperity. But Beijing largely views U.N.-backed codes of maritime governance as incompatible with domestic laws, and has continued dredging projects on seven disputed formations for nearly two years, creating artificial micro-islands.

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Dangerous Words
Ten people have been hacked to death by violent extremists in Bangladesh since February 2013: writers, a publisher, a professor, an actor, a gay rights activist. The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for some of the attacks; local authorities say Ansaralluh Bangla Team, the Bangladeshi affiliate of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), is to blame.

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Torn Lives
From Bali to Mumbai to the rise of the “Islamic State,” the ideology and actions of violent extremists have damaged many lives. Beyond the numbers are people: people struggling to forgive, to move on, to rebuild lives, to reclaim a religion.


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