Even as the so-called Islamic State (IS) embarks on a new phase of global expansion, as evidenced by the recent Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, its jihadist rival Al Qaeda is enjoying a resurgence in the Syrian conflict theatre.
The recent church bombings across the island country is a direct attack on its christian community, which has a rich history and endearing presence.
Its defeat in Syria may now give way to new dangers.
The recent Christchurch attacks are a disturbing warning of the communal, racist hatred that online chatrooms can fawn.
There is deep sadness in the Christchurch attacks, but little shock. We need to address the permissive political environment that allows such hateful extremism to be promulgated so openly.
Terrorism hasn't always been associated with individuals – in the past, it has described violence used by the state against its subjects.