Opportunity or threat? How Islamic extremists are reacting to coronavirus

The Guardian | : Groups such as Isis plan to exploit pandemic, but even it has acknowledged danger posed by virus

Islamic extremists hope to exploit the Covid-19 pandemic to launch new attacks, motivate followers and reinforce their credentials as alternative rulers of swaths of unstable countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

But the responses of different extremist groups have differed. While Islamic State has told its members to launch attacks against weakened and distracted western nations, the Taliban have released images of its public health teams, for example.

Experts say the reaction to the pandemic has also evolved within extremist organisations, as its scale and threat has become better known.

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