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Malaysia Says JI Terror Threat 'Under Control'

The threat posed by the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group is ‘under control’ after a series of arrests, Malaysia announced in a detailed report at the Asean Regional Forum (ARF), on Friday. The assessment was made in a briefing paper. ARF, Asia’s top security group, was co-chaired by Malaysia and the United States and attended by 118 delegates from 19 nations. Malaysia said that JI, the Al Qaeda-linked network, blamed for the Bali bombing in Indonesia last October which killed 202 people, wanted to establish a ‘Taleban-style’ Islamic state spanning Malaysia, Indonesia, Mindanao in the southern Philippines, southern Thailand and Australia. ‘Indonesia would serve as the administrative centre under this arrangement,’ Home Affairs Ministry Undersecretary for Security Hamzah Mohamad Rus, told delegates. He said militants twice planned to attack US navy personnel on shore leave in Malaysia, in early 1999 and in April 2001, but the plans had been aborted. Full Story

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