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Islamic State harder to track now than ever before

Natalie Peters & Erin Molan
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A report has found extremist Jihadi groups are now harder to track due to their fragmented nature.

Although extremist groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda no longer control any land, they could be posing a bigger threat than ever before.

A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has revealed there are around 218,000 jihadis and allied fighters scattered around the world, with many looking to set up franchises in new locations.

Director of ASPI’s National Security Program Dr Isaac Kfir says the groups are much harder to monitor because they’re so fragmented.

“Now we have a different task and that is to identify where ISIL is trying to establish new bases and new places to continue its campaign.

“The challenge with ISIL is that it still has a very, very large treasure trove. At one point the organisation had access to between one to three billion US-dollars.”

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Natalie Peters & Erin Molan
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