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Evidence of Al Qaeda's Asian Ties Mounting

Al Qaeda is suspected of funneling at least $80,000 to Indonesian militants to finance two of the country’s deadliest bombings, Police Chief of Detectives Erwin Mappaseng said Tuesday. In addition, at least 34 Islamic militants allegedly involved in bombings in Indonesia received training at the terrorist network’s camps in Afghanistan, including some who knew Osama bin Laden, according to a report released by the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based policy analysis group. The findings are among mounting evidence that a three-year terrorism campaign in Indonesia carried out by the militant group Jemaah Islamiah is part of a global jihad aimed at eliminating Western influence and establishing Taliban-style Islamic states in Muslim areas. Jemaah Islamiah, which operates throughout Southeast Asia and Australia, is blamed for twin nightclub bombings in Bali in October that killed 202 people, a Marriott Hotel bombing in Jakarta on Aug. 5 that killed 12, and dozens of other bombings in Indonesia and the Philippines. Full Story

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