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Daesh (ISIS) hasn't had much success yet in recruiting militants among the vast Muslim populations in Southeast Asia.The U.S. helped train an Indonesian police unit known as "Detachment 88," for example, which has largely destroyed Jemaah Islamiyah, the Al-Qaeda affiliate responsible for the 2002 Bali bombing that killed more than 200 people.Experts estimate that this foreign-fighter network includes as many as 500 to 600 Indonesians, 110 Australians, about 100 Malaysians, and a small number of Filipinos.In Iraq and Syria the volunteers have fought and killed.Experts worry about three risk factors that could expand the currently small terror network in Southeast Asia: declaration of a Daesh affiliate in the lawless jungles of the southern Philippines; recruitment of new Daesh volunteers in the Malaysian army; and a jihadi push by released prisoners in Indonesia.The U.S. for nearly 15 years has been quietly funding counterterrorism efforts in Southeast Asia.
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