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Islamic extremism spreading globally with defeat of Islamic State in Middle East, report says

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Nov 26, 2018 3:52 PM 4+ mon ago

Islamic extremism spreading globally with defeat of Islamic State in Middle East, report says - The Catholic Register

LONDON - The threat to religious freedom from Muslim fundamentalists is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon following the military defeat of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said a new report.

Islamist extremists have increased violence in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia corresponding to their loss of territory in the Middle East, said a report from Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians.

The charity's "Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report," published Nov. 22, noted that conditions for religious minorities in Iraq and Syria have improved so significantly over the past two years that many Christians and other refugees are beginning to return home.

However, it said Islamic violence had intensified in such countries as Indonesia, Somalia, Niger, Libya and Pakistan.

John Pontifex, editor-in-chief of the report, said since Islamic State was vanquished on the battlefields ...

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