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In a paper published in the latest issue of the US Defence Department’s journal “Prism”, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has reiterated his belief that Islamic terrorism poses a threat to Sri Lanka.

Since the LTTE’s defeat, some of the Muslim groups in Lanka have begun to engage in activities that go “far beyond self-protection”, he said in the journal brought out by the Center for Complex Operations (CCO).

“There is information that some of these groups have even tried to link up with global Islamic terrorist organisations. This is a situation that requires careful monitoring,” Gotabaya said.  “Some Islamic groups in Lanka have started to establish ties with LTTE-linked agents to create further problems,” he further said.

According to Gotabaya, the increasing insularity of Lanka’s ethnic groups is at the root of the problem.   “Rather than identifying themselves on the basis of nationality, the communities of Sri Lanka have begun to identify themselves on the basis of ethnicity or their religion. The cross-border links that can arise as a result of such insular ethnic or religious identification are also troublesome,” he said.

“There are some foreign groups that wish to encourage Lankan Muslims to identify themselves more with the global Muslim community, thereby reducing their integration within Lanka.” The increasing insularity and cohesion amongst minority ethnic groups has also led to the emergence of hard line groups from the majority community, the top Lankan security official observed. (Indian Express)

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  • mnsmart Saturday, 23 August 2014 03:59 AM

    Koti enawa, koti enawa , koti enawa kiyala, eththattama apu dawasaka sorry thamaa.

    Phantom Friday, 22 August 2014 02:23 PM

    It is clear, Gota wants another war!!!

    s.dias Friday, 22 August 2014 02:26 PM

    This is election talk.

    ara Friday, 22 August 2014 02:28 PM

    Well done finally frog came out from the well BBS

    rosebud Friday, 22 August 2014 10:30 PM

    Are we back in the McCarthy era supported by J Edgar Hoover via DM Android App

    to country1st Friday, 22 August 2014 11:29 PM

    dont look at the minority and come for a decision. politics is ruining the peace via DM Android App

    tomsam Friday, 22 August 2014 10:21 PM

    You are a threat to civilized world.
    Don't pontificate but defecate on your head

    Lara Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:36 AM

    why do not you talk to mother of Muslim soldier who died during the war and find out how many joined from your family during the war.Then you will know who thinks what

    Lara Saturday, 23 August 2014 12:38 AM

    when police looking at them when they were attacked and looted their goods and you enjoyed this .From where they can seek help .

    Star Saturday, 23 August 2014 02:09 AM

    Gota is a man will make MR to go home , how he campaigned for JHU candidates on last election being a government high rank officer?

    HJSP Saturday, 23 August 2014 02:12 AM

    to[quote name="Phantom"]It is clear, Gota wants another war!!![/quote]
    to win his brother in another election

    sobers Saturday, 23 August 2014 03:43 AM

    No one should dress or carry identification on his/ her religion.
    If saudi can ban and implement various laws to curtail other religions, Srilanka should implement the ban of exposing religions through identification marks such as dresses and other sources. We shouldn't give into any extremist groups while protecting and giving all rights to all religions and respecting them..

    Country1st Too Saturday, 23 August 2014 03:50 AM

    Ideally. people can interpret things differently.... But people must understand, that Muslim/Sinhalese/Tamil and Islam/Buddhism/Hindu/Christianity are in every one's blood.

    Even they said they are Muslims, of cause they are Sri Lankan Muslims not Arabs. If you are in Sri Lanka, you will not hear it from Muslims because its nothing to mention, but if you go abroad and see, they always call themselves as Sri Lankan not Muslims only.....

    Mohamed Friday, 22 August 2014 07:50 PM

    Conjectures and lack of understanding. via DM Android App

    warn Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:22 AM

    Hasn't the threat infiltrated the Cabinet and Parliament?

    Shehan Perera Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:33 AM

    Sri Lankan intelligence and forces need to carefully monitor these Islamic organizations not to make things severe.....

    Shazin Sadakath Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:34 AM

    This is all bullshit!! There is no organisations as such. Our religion is a very peaceful religion.

    Dinesh Saturday, 23 August 2014 05:07 AM

    We can not dismiss his theory as baseless closely watching the happenings in the world.

    mohideen Saturday, 23 August 2014 06:05 AM

    Another Drama

    gr Saturday, 23 August 2014 06:28 AM

    that true

    asoka Saturday, 23 August 2014 06:35 AM need no advice or know what to do and how to do...go for it...

    it's War Saturday, 23 August 2014 02:39 PM

    Another war... More weapons purchase more commission income... Period. Wake up people pls

    FAZEL Saturday, 23 August 2014 09:45 AM

    [quote name="Phantom"]It is clear, Gota wants another war!!![/quote] Show few credible example rather than setting up things against one ethnic community.

    Rosh Sunday, 24 August 2014 08:34 AM

    Spot on Gota..why are some of these Muslim brothers so defensive..I wonder!

    Jemsith Sunday, 24 August 2014 11:55 AM

    Sir, don't add fuel to the fire pls......

    mehedhi Friday, 22 August 2014 10:05 AM

    Ane ayi appa ohoma katha kiyanawaaa...

    The God Father Friday, 22 August 2014 06:27 AM

    There are some extremist groups in the Island in Islam and Buddhist groups.They should be prosecuted, very simple.

    country1st Friday, 22 August 2014 11:57 AM

    Most of the Muslims think that they are Muslims not Sri Lankans.. They support all Muslims not other person who belongs to a another faith. This is ridiculous.. via DM Android App

    Jeeze Friday, 22 August 2014 12:03 PM

    Such groups should leave the island nation and go live in the newly established Islamic State and enjoy the Sharia law there. via DM Android App

    shane Friday, 22 August 2014 06:36 AM

    Whats your point? Sir! What could be the solution? I hope that you have already taken some appreciative measure to curb such threats with the help of some goons? am I right?

    ABC Friday, 22 August 2014 12:49 PM

    Muslims dont agree SL is their country can seek assylum anywhere and dont make trouble here. via DM Android App

    Mamai Raja Friday, 22 August 2014 01:04 PM

    Since he is in power he could make all these false allegations and create set of goons for all his personal goals. Show some credible facts Gota via DM Android App

    bata Friday, 22 August 2014 01:50 PM

    Never believe what US government says. They want to create instability where it doesnt exist.

    Azee Friday, 22 August 2014 02:03 PM

    Completely ban all islamic fundamental groups and their funding sources besides proscribing the JHU BBS SR etc. via DM Android App

    ffaizer Friday, 22 August 2014 09:10 AM

    for some who has ended a 30 year old war ... Y fear ???? ....
    destroy all extremists elements what ever group they belong to .... start now sir !!!

    Ravi Friday, 22 August 2014 09:47 AM


    You are 100% correct....

    Grace Friday, 22 August 2014 09:48 AM

    Sir, don't add fuel to the fire.

    mehedhi Friday, 22 August 2014 10:04 AM

    We need peace .... so take all the measures to eliminate such...

    mohamed Friday, 22 August 2014 11:48 AM

    nip them in the bud like LTTE . We need peace suffered much n much .. via DM Android App

    Pride Lankan Friday, 22 August 2014 10:12 AM

    Sir, I am very sorry to tell this, but I have no choice. I think the State terrorism is more danger to our country rather than Islamic terrorism. I am sure you will not agree with my comment.

    Firdbird Friday, 22 August 2014 03:51 PM

    First we have to give equal rights to all citizens of Sri lanka.Then there wont be any problem via DM Android App

    Mother Sri Lanka Friday, 22 August 2014 10:25 AM

    Sir your comment is perfectly correct.....

    raj Friday, 22 August 2014 04:17 PM

    is that why we need vigilantes like BBS sir via DM Android App

    sampath Friday, 22 August 2014 10:51 AM

    doing something immeditely sir,....................

    Ranjith Silva Friday, 22 August 2014 11:18 AM

    Nip the Bud than look for a saw.

    Gotham Friday, 22 August 2014 12:10 PM

    this is George Bush all over again, only this time it is not Afghanistan or Iraq- it is Muslims and Hindus in SL and India

    Raja Friday, 22 August 2014 12:10 PM

    Apply Islamic law to all the Muslims in Sri Lanka. Why only in marriage? If they can marry several times then their hands too should be chopped when they steal.

    premalal Friday, 22 August 2014 12:23 PM

    I think it is time that the underlines reasons for Islamic based violence is understood. It can be found in the Koran and the Hadiths. It is time all, including the Muslims who don't know the Koran understand what we are in for, most probably during our lifetime.

    bibby Friday, 22 August 2014 06:52 PM

    Any extremist or extremist group should go for peace in our isle via DM iPad app

    sataro Friday, 22 August 2014 07:45 PM

    Countryfirst all Muslims think all r srilankan dont try to devide U may be thinking Muslims r not srilankan via DM iPad app

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