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Indonesia Adjusts Time For Fight Against Rebels

More than two months after Indonesia launched a major offensive against separatists in the province of Aceh, vowing to wipe them out in six months, the chief of the military said today that the campaign could last longer than planned despite significant gains on the battlefield. The military has reported that more than 500 people have been killed in the offensive, most of them rebels of the Free Aceh Movement, which has been fighting since 1976 for an independent homeland in far western Indonesia. But Western diplomats estimate that several hundred civilians are among the casualties, including scores of suspected rebel sympathizers. Full Story

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