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Military Claims Control of Aceh

But soldiers still being attacked by GAM, which army chief says is now reduced in numbers and isolated in the hilly areas. Indonesia’s military claimed control over the whole of Aceh province yesterday, six weeks after it launched a huge operation to crush separatist rebels. The armed forces chief, General Endriartono Sutarto, said soldiers still faced attacks from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), but added: ‘When it comes to territorial control, it is 100 per cent under our control. ‘However, there are still one or two problems (and) of course we cannot say security is 100 per cent guaranteed,’ Gen Sutarto was quoted by the state Antara news agency as saying. Even though the province is under military control, the war against GAM will not be suspended ahead of schedule, he said. He did not give a timeframe, but officials had said they hoped to wind down military operations, which began on May 19, after six months or less. Full Story

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