Counter Terrorism Perspectives: CTP

MLM: "France Expels Islamic State-Linked Bangladeshi Extremist: Saif al- Rahman"

May 08, 2021

In late 2020, French authorities detained Saif Rahman (a.k.a. Totan) a 24-year-old Bangladeshi national, who was attempting to travel to Islamic State (IS)-controlled territory in Syria. During his interrogation, the French authorities uncovered his extremist beliefs and intention to join IS in the Middle East. His social media communications with people involved with the IS group came to light, and French officials concluded that Saif al-Rahman's presence posed a threat to the country, given that he could carry out terrorist attacks on French soil, especially after failing in his attempt to travel to IS strongholds. After a few months in detention, Saif Rahman was deported back to his home country on January 14, 2021. He was arrested on his arrival at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (Daily Star, February 5).

For Complete Article (Subscription), Read, "France Expels Islamic State-linked Bangladeshi Extremist: Saif al-Rahman", Militant Leadership Monitor (Jamestown Foundation),  Vol. XII (4), April 2021.