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U.S. Says S.E. Asia Making Headway Against Terror

Southeast Asia is making headway against the threat of regional terror, backed by close cooperation and sharing of intelligence, the commander of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific said on Friday. “We have made a great deal of progress on terrorism in Southeast Asia over the last 18 months,” Admiral Thomas Fargo told a news conference, adding that about 140 members of the Muslim militant group Jemaah Islamiah had been arrested. Washington says Jemaah Islamiah, which seeks a strict Islamic state across parts of Southeast Asia, has links to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network that is blamed for the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. “Certainly, the arrests that have been made in places like Singapore and Malaysia and Indonesia and other countries for that matter, including the Philippines, have been very important in diminishing the capability of Jemaah Islamiah,” Fargo said. “As a result of those arrests, we are gaining a bigger picture of the JI and their operational planning, their ability to conduct terrorist acts.” Full Story

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