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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is attracting a growing number of militants from Southeast Asia to fight in the Middle East, raising the risk they will return to carry out attacks in their home countries, according to a US-based security consultancy. 

As many as 200 Indonesians and at least 30 Malaysians have travelled to Syria to fight with ISIS and other rebel groups via third-party countries such as Egypt and Turkey, said the report by New York-based Soufan Group, which provides strategic analysis to governments.

Participation by Southeast Asian nationals in the conflicts poses a risk for those countries because just as the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group, which carried out the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, sent Indonesians, Malaysians and Singaporeans to Afghanistan for military training, these militants may return to use their training to mount terrorist campaigns, the report said.

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