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Indonesia Criticizes New U.S. Travel Warning

The Indonesian government has expressed regret over the latest travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department on Aug. 28. “We feel that it is not appropriate (to the situation in Indonesia),” Marty Natalegawa, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters on Friday. The U.S. issued a new travel warning that said the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) group still had Americans in its sights after the attacks on Bali last year and the U.S.-run JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta earlier this month. It said the potential remained throughout Indonesia for violence and terrorist actions against U.S. citizens and interests, including soft targets such as restaurants, schools, shopping malls and other spots where foreigners tended to gather. “The Abu Sayyaf has previously carried out kidnappings in Malaysia and the Philippines, and the group has the operationalcapability to do so in Indonesia, also.” The warning also cited a risk of kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the border areas of Indonesia near Malaysia and the Philippines. Full Story

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