The Islamic State of Maldives (ISM) is a pro-Islamic State (IS) group in the Maldives. The group became known during July 2014. The ISM is the first indication of organised IS presence in the Maldives, known for extremists favouring support to al Qaeda and Jabhat al Nusrah (JN). The presence of Islamic extremism in the Maldives is as follows:Illustration Notes: 23 November 2014: TRAC ExclusiveRegional OperationsOn 18 June 2021, Islamic State Jammu & Kashmir (ISKJ) circulated a bomb making manual intended to be distributed across IS networks in the Indian Subcontinent. Most notably, the map of the subcontinental network also includes Islamic State Maldives (ISM). Recent reports indicate there is a resurgence of drug cartels using the Islamic State network's (notably Islamic State Khurasan/ ISK) to take advantage smuggling narcotics in the Indian Ocean to the Maldives due the lack of boat traffic during the Coronavirus pandemic.Image (above) The…
Islamic State Maldives (ISM, ISISM)
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