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Isnilon Hapilon, identified as the leader of the Islamic State faction who overtook Marawi in May, is seen in this Philippine military video of a militants’ meeting at an undisclosed location.

Potent Underground Terror Networks Menace World in 2018

IS and al-Qaeda have localized to exploit grievances and recruit militants, analyst Rohan Gunaratna says.

Professor Rohan Gunaratna

Professor Rohan Gunaratna heads the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, where he teaches security studies.

Born in Sri Lanka, Dr. Gunaratna holds a master’s from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews. He first gained renown as an expert on the ethnic conflict in his native country, which ended in May 2009. He also is an acclaimed scholar on al-Qaeda, who has testified before the 9/11 Commission.

Professor Gunaratna has authored or co-written 15 books on insurgency and terrorism.

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