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Major Military Attack Unfolds Against Rebels in Indonesia

Indonesia began a major military offensive today against separatist rebels in the northwestern Aceh Province, firing rockets, parachuting in troops and landing marines after peace talks collapsed and martial law was imposed. More than 1,000 soldiers landed in the province, rich in oil reserves, in what is expected to be Indonesia’s biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. Indonesia’s military chief, Gen. Endriartono Sutarto, said on arriving in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, that he had ordered soldiers to hunt for those rebels who refused to surrender and to “destroy them to their roots.” About 30,000 government troops are trying to crush about 5,000 poorly armed guerrillas in a dense, mountainous forest. The sides have been fighting since 1976, making this one of Asia’s longest-running conflicts. Full Story

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