Showing posts tagged as "indonesia"

Showing posts tagged indonesia

2 Nov
Indonesian police raid home of suspected Islamic extremists | ABC Radio Australia 
Jim Della Giacoma, Southeast Asia Project Director at the International Crisis Group, talks with ABC Radio Austrailia about an Indonesian police raid of suspected Islamic extremists
Photo: Jeff Werner/Flickr 

Indonesian police raid home of suspected Islamic extremists | ABC Radio Australia 

Jim Della Giacoma, Southeast Asia Project Director at the International Crisis Group, talks with ABC Radio Austrailia about an Indonesian police raid of suspected Islamic extremists

Photo: Jeff Werner/Flickr 

1 Nov
Al-Qaeda link to embassy bomb plots in Indonesia | The Sydney Morning Herald 
By Michael Bachelard
THE men arrested in Indonesia on the weekend planning to bomb the US embassy in Jakarta and a building across the road from the Australian embassy are likely to be tied to terror group al-Qaeda in Indonesia and were unusually sophisticated in their knowledge of explosives.
International Crisis Group expert Jim Della-Giacoma told Fairfax yesterday that the 11 men arrested by Indonesian police on Friday and Saturday had been found with the explosive nitroglycerin.
He said the men were former members of Salafi group HASMI — whose leaders have since denied any link to terrorism.
FULL ARTICLE (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Photo: Deucrox99/Wikimedia Commons 

Al-Qaeda link to embassy bomb plots in Indonesia | The Sydney Morning Herald 

By Michael Bachelard

THE men arrested in Indonesia on the weekend planning to bomb the US embassy in Jakarta and a building across the road from the Australian embassy are likely to be tied to terror group al-Qaeda in Indonesia and were unusually sophisticated in their knowledge of explosives.

International Crisis Group expert Jim Della-Giacoma told Fairfax yesterday that the 11 men arrested by Indonesian police on Friday and Saturday had been found with the explosive nitroglycerin.

He said the men were former members of Salafi group HASMI — whose leaders have since denied any link to terrorism.

FULL ARTICLE (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Photo: Deucrox99/Wikimedia Commons 

31 Oct
Indonesia bomb plot highlights rise of intolerance: analysts | AFP via The Daily Star Lebanon
By Sam Reev
JAKARTA: The discovery of a bomb plot against the US embassy in Indonesia indicates that the government’s reluctance to tackle a rising tide of intolerance is emboldening Islamist groups, analysts said Monday.
Indonesia has been applauded for a terrorism crackdown launched a decade ago after bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, and there have been no successful attacks against Western targets since suicide blasts on Jakarta hotels in 2009.
However, anti-terror police at the weekend arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly targeting the US embassy, a consulate in East Java, and a Jakarta building that houses the offices of US mining giant Freeport-McMoran.
FULL ARTICLE (The Daily Star Lebanon)
Photo: nSeika/Flickr

Indonesia bomb plot highlights rise of intolerance: analysts | AFP via The Daily Star Lebanon

By Sam Reev

JAKARTA: The discovery of a bomb plot against the US embassy in Indonesia indicates that the government’s reluctance to tackle a rising tide of intolerance is emboldening Islamist groups, analysts said Monday.

Indonesia has been applauded for a terrorism crackdown launched a decade ago after bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, and there have been no successful attacks against Western targets since suicide blasts on Jakarta hotels in 2009.

However, anti-terror police at the weekend arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly targeting the US embassy, a consulate in East Java, and a Jakarta building that houses the offices of US mining giant Freeport-McMoran.

FULL ARTICLE (The Daily Star Lebanon)

Photo: nSeika/Flickr

12 Oct
10 Years After Bali Bombings, Local Militants Still Pose Threat | The New York Times
By Sara Schonhart
The Crisis Group says many of these new groups are small and ad hoc, and while they still seek inspiration and material support from large jihadist organizations, they act independently. Rather than the major bombing campaigns of years past, they conduct “individual jihad” against local targets.
“The threat we’ve seen recently is manageable and is being managed, but it’s hard to extinguish,” said Jim Della-Giacoma, the Crisis Group’s Southeast Asia project director. “There are still individuals with such radical ideas that they want to use violence, and still groups out there thinking of Western targets.”
There have been more than a dozen terrorist plots since 2010, according to a recent Crisis Group report. In March the counterterrorism police killed five men on Bali who analysts say had been radicalized in prison. Security officials say the men were planning a series of robberies to finance a future attack on the island. The police have stepped up security in recent days after receiving intelligence of a possible attack during commemorations of the 2002 Bali bombings on Friday.
FULL ARTICLE (The New York Times)
Photo: Casual Chin/Flickr

10 Years After Bali Bombings, Local Militants Still Pose Threat | The New York Times

By Sara Schonhart

The Crisis Group says many of these new groups are small and ad hoc, and while they still seek inspiration and material support from large jihadist organizations, they act independently. Rather than the major bombing campaigns of years past, they conduct “individual jihad” against local targets.

“The threat we’ve seen recently is manageable and is being managed, but it’s hard to extinguish,” said Jim Della-Giacoma, the Crisis Group’s Southeast Asia project director. “There are still individuals with such radical ideas that they want to use violence, and still groups out there thinking of Western targets.”

There have been more than a dozen terrorist plots since 2010, according to a recent Crisis Group report. In March the counterterrorism police killed five men on Bali who analysts say had been radicalized in prison. Security officials say the men were planning a series of robberies to finance a future attack on the island. The police have stepped up security in recent days after receiving intelligence of a possible attack during commemorations of the 2002 Bali bombings on Friday.

FULL ARTICLE (The New York Times)

Photo: Casual Chin/Flickr

"Abu Bakar Bashir, the Naruuki school and JAT are just part of this larger community of radicals in Indonesia who are not all violent radicals, but this is a group of people who believe that Sharia law is the future for this country. And from within this group, which are for the most part peaceful and legal, arise the violent jihadis who conduct the attacks that we’ve been discussing."

—Jim Della-Giacoma, Crisis Group’s South East Asia Project Director, in "Bali braces for terror threat on bombing anniversary,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation

25 Sep
Indonesia Arrests 10 Suspected Militants | The Wall Street Journal 
By James Hookway 
JAKARTA—An Indonesian antiterrorist squad arrested 10 suspected Islamist militants and seized a stash of improvised bombs, police said Sunday, as worries grow over home-grown militants’ plans to strike local security forces and government officials.
The detentions underscore the way Indonesian militants have veered away from targeting Western tourists and embassies in recent years. Security analysts say they instead are now plotting lower-profile attacks on the country’s security forces and politicians, whom they accuse of preventing the introduction of Islamic Sharia law in the world’s most-populated Muslim-majority nation.
FULL ARTICLE (The Wall Street Journal)
Photo: Luther Bailey/Flickr 

Indonesia Arrests 10 Suspected Militants | The Wall Street Journal 

By James Hookway 

JAKARTA—An Indonesian antiterrorist squad arrested 10 suspected Islamist militants and seized a stash of improvised bombs, police said Sunday, as worries grow over home-grown militants’ plans to strike local security forces and government officials.

The detentions underscore the way Indonesian militants have veered away from targeting Western tourists and embassies in recent years. Security analysts say they instead are now plotting lower-profile attacks on the country’s security forces and politicians, whom they accuse of preventing the introduction of Islamic Sharia law in the world’s most-populated Muslim-majority nation.

FULL ARTICLE (The Wall Street Journal)

Photo: Luther Bailey/Flickr 

20 Sep
Indonesian Police’s Pot of Gold in Papua | Jakarta Globe 
By John McBeth 
It is time for the critics to forget about the Indonesian military’s businesses for a moment and look at the money-making ventures of the national police that assumed responsibility for Indonesia’s internal security over a decade ago.
During that time, the police have taken over many of the privileges and patronage systems which formerly earned the military some of its off-budget income but without earning any of the public trust the military still retains to a large degree.
FULL ARTICLE (Jakarta Globe)
Photo: MATEUS_27:24&25/Flickr

Indonesian Police’s Pot of Gold in Papua | Jakarta Globe 

By John McBeth 

It is time for the critics to forget about the Indonesian military’s businesses for a moment and look at the money-making ventures of the national police that assumed responsibility for Indonesia’s internal security over a decade ago.

During that time, the police have taken over many of the privileges and patronage systems which formerly earned the military some of its off-budget income but without earning any of the public trust the military still retains to a large degree.

FULL ARTICLE (Jakarta Globe)

Photo: MATEUS_27:24&25/Flickr

18 Sep
Incompetent terrorists test Indonesia’s luck | ABC News
By George Roberts
In the past two weeks, the efforts of some of the would-be bombers have literally blown up in their faces, with two terrorist bomb labs exploding.
Police have also made a number of raids on weapons stores.
This week, Muhammed Thorik handed himself into police after a few days on the run, deciding he missed his family too much.
FULL ARTICLE (ABC News)
Photo: multimediaimpre/Flickr

Incompetent terrorists test Indonesia’s luck | ABC News

By George Roberts

In the past two weeks, the efforts of some of the would-be bombers have literally blown up in their faces, with two terrorist bomb labs exploding.

Police have also made a number of raids on weapons stores.

This week, Muhammed Thorik handed himself into police after a few days on the run, deciding he missed his family too much.

FULL ARTICLE (ABC News)

Photo: multimediaimpre/Flickr

14 Sep
"It will take years to put in place an effective counter-radicalisation program and it’s you know a little disappointing for us that we’ve been saying for many years that this is needed and we’re still seeing the same sort of signal."

—Jim Della-Giacoma, Crisis Group’s South East Asia Project Director, on police enforcement of terrorism in Indonesia, in “Spate of ‘incompetent terrorists’ doesn’t reduce threat,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s PM Radio

13 Sep

The City with a Short Fuse | Foreign Policy

By Rushda Majeed
Civil unrest had earned Solo the dubious title of sumbu pendek — the city with a “short fuse.” In 1998 — as the effects of the Asian financial crisis deepened — crowds protesting rising oil prices, food shortages, and unemployment destroyed or damaged 330 businesses and 900 vehicles, most belonging to the ethnic Chinese minority. In 1999, violence flared again when supporters of the losing presidential candidate burned down Solo’s City Hall. An International Crisis Group report also traced roots of the militant Islamic organization Jemaah Islamiyah — a Southeast Asian group with links to al Qaeda — to Solo.
FULL ARTICLE (Foreign Policy)
Photo: Tian Yake/Flickr

The City with a Short Fuse | Foreign Policy

By Rushda Majeed

Civil unrest had earned Solo the dubious title of sumbu pendek — the city with a “short fuse.” In 1998 — as the effects of the Asian financial crisis deepened — crowds protesting rising oil prices, food shortages, and unemployment destroyed or damaged 330 businesses and 900 vehicles, most belonging to the ethnic Chinese minority. In 1999, violence flared again when supporters of the losing presidential candidate burned down Solo’s City Hall. An International Crisis Group report also traced roots of the militant Islamic organization Jemaah Islamiyah — a Southeast Asian group with links to al Qaeda — to Solo.

FULL ARTICLE (Foreign Policy)

Photo: Tian Yake/Flickr