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U.S. Praises Indonesia for Its Fight on Terrorism

The American Embassy here is now full of praise for Indonesia’s fight against terrorism, in a marked departure from the sharp criticism leveled by American officials at the government here for nearly two years. After denying there was a terrorist threat here and calling travel warnings alarmist, the Indonesian police in recent months have rounded up more than two dozen suspected terrorists, including several men thought to be senior Qaeda operatives in Southeast Asia. The police have also increased security at the American Embassy and at residences of American diplomats, as the United States has been demanding. “Progress on every one of our benchmarks has been extraordinary,” the American ambassador, Ralph L. Boyce, said in a letter last week to American diplomats. While Americans at home have been warned to buy duct tape and bottled water to prepare for terrorist attacks, Mr. Boyce wrote that “there has been no new credible threat information against the official American community” in Indonesia for nearly two months. A copy of the letter was provided to The New York Times by a recipient. Full Story

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