How couldn't even a pandemic stop terrorism?

Conflicts Jun 16, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has influenced numerous parts of our lives. Southeast Asia, where a few nations have been hit hard by the infection, has been no special case. Despite the abrogating media consideration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its close absolute obscuration of safety issues, the terrorism backdrop has barely taken a respite from its lethal interests or suspended the execution of its arrangements.


Simply in the seven days of March 11–17, 2020 Islamic State (IS) dispatched assaults in seven nations: Egypt, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, Somalia, and Yemen. In April alone, ISIS dispatched more than 100 assaults in Iraq, the most elevated number in 2020 so far. In June and July ISIS resurged in Syria, Kashmir, Pakistan and the Philippines. Outside of Kashmir, Pakistani establishments have been focused by the patriot Balochistan Liberation Army, which Pakistan propagates to be upheld by India. Al-Qaeda subsidiary Al Shabab association revealed a critical uptick in its activities asserting 37 assaults in Somalia and Kenya. In Mali, al Qaeda-connected Jama'at Nasr al-Islam hijacked a high-profile resistance pioneer. Favourable to Al Qaeda bunches guaranteed assaults likewise in Syria, Mali, and Yemen. The insights for India, Pakistan, and the Malay Archipelago showed no decrease in terrorist assaults lately. (citation-Intelligence group and South Asia Terrorism Portal 2020).

The aforementioned statistics are terrifying and depict how a pandemic prepared a whole new canvas for terrorism. Terrorist associations have embraced better approaches for gathering pledges to fund their targets; fueled by the utilization of falsehood, particularly on the web, fully intent on acquiring compassion, selecting and instigating terrorist demonstrations and online recruitment (as lockdown has sent ordinary people to the “web world”) has flooded because of expanded dependence on electronic connections. There are other threats, such as returning and relocating terrorists from outside and inside the region, considering the travel restrictions during the pandemic.

Mapping the cause:

At the functional and strategic levels, it is imperative to comprehend what conditions may be helpful for terrorism. This can incorporate social, political and financial disparities; ethnic or religious segregation; absence of self-assurance by ethnic or native minorities; absence of assets for instruction also, financial help; debasement; and discontent from outcomes of counterterrorism activities or the appropriation of strategy, laws and guidelines that are seen as oppressive.

How to reduce this mayhem?

Worldwide collaboration and national multi-agency collaboration stay the keys to achievement in counterterrorism activities. Consultative cycles, reasonable and straightforward responsibility measures and by and large power of law and order and human rights standards are the keys to tending to those conditions and will lessen the pool of individuals vulnerable to these groups.

Community Resilience: The effect of the overwhelming bushfires in Australia and the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic gives solid instances of community resilience, The same works for counter-terrorism. Overall, resilience is a social cycle including wellbeing, education, social, lawful, monetary and environmental procedures.

This article has been written by Apurva Kale for The Paradigm.

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