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War on Terror: Doubts Irk Jakarta

Authorities cite recent arrests and legal restrictions to counter questions over govt’s commitment. What will it take for the world to believe that Indonesia is serious about fighting terrorism? New anti-terror laws have been passed, the Bali bomb suspects are being tried and Abu Bakar Bashir is being kept in jail during his trial, yet too little credit has been given to the country, says the government. National Police spokesman Zainuri Lubis told The Straits Times: ‘In the past week alone, we arrested three more of the Bali bombers. We also nabbed suspects of the bombings in Makassar and Menado. The senior commissioner’s exasperated reply was in response to an International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) report published on Tuesday which questioned Indonesia’s commitment to the fight against terrorism. The London-based agency wrote that the blasts showed Indonesia was a ‘major source’ and target of transnational Islamic terrorism. Despite the capture of 33 suspected bombers, police had yet to uncover the whole terror network or establish the group’s ideological and international links. Full Story

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