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Aceh Operation 'On Track'

The Indonesian Government has said that its military campaign in the province of Aceh is on track, three months into what is supposed to be a six-month operation. “What has been achieved is more than we planned at the outset,” Jakob Tobing, an MP for the ruling PDI-P party, told the BBC. “Within three months, most of the targets have been achieved,” Mr Tobing told the World Today programme. The fighting is continuing. Four rebels were killed on Monday, according to a military spokesman, with a further 20 deaths reported over the weekend. The military says it has killed more than 700 rebels since the crackdown began, while only 58 soldiers and police have been lost. The rebels dispute this figure, but with restricted media access in the province, independent information is difficult to obtain. The military has come under increasing pressure from human rights groups, who say that civilians are being targeted as well as rebels. Full Story

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