Singapore Launch Terrorism Research
Centre (21 Feb 2004)
Singapore launched a terrorism research centre that will
collate information regarding the motives and methods of terrorists
yesterday. The centre is manned by 16 international researchers
speaking 12 languages whom are aged between 20 to 30 years
old. These researchers are from the United States, Europe,
Sudan, Morocco and Asia. They range from military officials
to religious scholars.
The purpose of the centre, called the International Centre
for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, is to build
and maintain a regional database of terror incidents and terrorist
profiles together with a library of video, posters, photographs,
training manuals and other documents collected from terror
camps in South-East Asia and Afghanistan.
The centre has so far amassed more than 250 videos recovered
from the Al-Qaeda registry in Afghanistan and has translated
the Pupji, the Jemaah Islamiah's constitution into English.
Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng stressed the importance
of the centre yesterday. He said that It is only when we have
a fuller or better knowledge of the terrorist's intentions,
capabilities, targets, modus operandi, ideology, strengths
and weakness, then we have a firmer foundation to arrive at
realistic and effective solutions to the terrorist threat.