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JI Still 'Dangerous' Despite Hambali Arrest

Jemaah Islamiyah, the southeast Asian terror network linked to al-Qaeda, remains “active and dangerous,” despite the arrests of more than 200 of its members including its operational mastermind Hambali {pictured}, a think-tank report has concluded. The Indonesian-based group blamed for last year’s Bali bombings and this month’s attack on Jakarta’s JW Marriott hotel is also larger than previously thought and has a “depth of leadership” that gives it the ability to quickly reconstitute its command structure. “The arrest of Hambali and others surely have weakened its ability to operate,” the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, said in the report released on Tuesday. “But this is an organisation spread across a huge archipelago, whose members probably number in the thousands. No single individual is indispensable.” Sidney Jones, who heads the ICG’s Jakarta office and is the report’s primary author, is a leading expert on JI. Her past studies of the group are considered seminal to close watchers of terrorism in south-east Asia. Full Story

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