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The Top 20 Most Dangerous Extremists Around the World
CEP’s list of the 20 most dangerous extremists on the planet highlights the last known location, deaths attributed to these harbingers of terror, as well as analyzes the influence these extremists have had over their group, their followers, and their extremist movement at large. CEP has considered extremists from across the spectrum of ideologies and beliefs, from ISIS to the Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Muslim Buddhist group in Myanmar to Generation Identity, all are considered a huge threat to international security.
No. 14: Mahathir Mohamad
Former Malaysian prime minister
Date of Birth: July 10, 1925*
Also Known As: N/A
Last Known Location: Malaysia*
Background Information: Mahathir Mohamad is the former prime minister of Malaysia, serving two separate terms. A controversial figure, Mahathir often criticized the West, LGBT people, and Jewish people. In 2019, Mahathir said that extremism would spread across Southeast Asia as governments fail to stem the tide of militants flocking to the region.* In October 2020, he came under fire for comments he made regarding a terrorist attack in Nice, France, claiming “Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.”*
Influence: Mahathir is a respected leader in the Muslim world. He is a strident critic of Israel and has been accused of being anti-Semitic.* Additionally, Mahathir has supported ambitions for carving out a self-administered region for Muslims in Mindanao, Philippines, an area plagued by extremist violence and a secessionist war.*
Deaths Attributed to Individual/Organization: Mahathir is not directly responsible for specific acts of violence. However, his controversial opinions have led to international condemnation as it was alleged Mahathir supported extremist violence against the West.*
Dr Mahathir named one of the world’s top 20 extremists
‘Anti-Semitic’ former prime minister has supported extremist violence against the West, says Counter Extremism Project
Updated 1 hour ago · Published on 07 Jan 2021 4:57PM ·
KUALA LUMPUR – Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been named one of the world’s most dangerous extremists.
According to the Counter Extremism Project website, Dr Mahathir is ranked 14th among the world’s top 20 most dangerous extremists.
The New York-based international non-governmental organisation described Dr Mahathir as “a controversial figure, who often criticised the West, LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites) people, and the Jews.
“In 2019, Dr Mahathir had said that extremism would spread across South East Asia as governments failed to stem the tide of militants flocking the region.
“In October 2020, he came under fire for comments he made regarding a terrorist attack in Nice, France, claiming: ‘Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past’,” said the website.
While describing Dr Mahathir as a respected leader in the Muslim world, the website also called out the nonagenarian as a strident critic of Israel and being anti-Semitic.
“Additionally, Dr Mahathir has supported ambitions to carve out a self-administered region for Muslims in Mindanao, the Philippines, an area plagued by extremist violence and a secessionist war.”
The website also said while Dr Mahathir is not directly responsible for specific acts of violence, his controversial opinions have led to international condemnation as he allegedly supported extremist violence against the West.
The top five dangerous extremists identified by the organisation include Lebanese-based political party Hezbollah’s secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah and current Islamic State caliph, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla.
The others are Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh, member of the National Socialist Underground, Beate Zchäpe; and Islamist theologian and unofficial chief ideologue of the Muslim Brotherhood, Yusuf al-Qaradawi. – The Vibes, January 7, 2021