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'Moral Militants' Set to Strike Again

A radical Islamic group has revived its paramilitary wing, recruiting new members and getting ready to restart its ‘battle against immorality’ that targets nightspots across the capital. But economic rather than religious reasons may be behind the decision of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) to resume its much-feared activities. The group was disbanded in November following the arrest of its leader Habib Rizieq Shihab. The announcement comes amid fears that radical Islamic groups in Indonesia were planning to organise violent protests or target foreigners in the event of an attack on Iraq by the United States. Registration for the group started on Feb 19, just days before seven of its senior members are scheduled for release from a four-month jail term. Already, nearly 100 people have signed up, the group’s official said. Full Story

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