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Asia warned on new terror threat

New terrorist attacks on the Asia-Pacific region are “inevitable”, an anti-terrorism meeting has been told. Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant group had been weakened by a string of arrests, but not disabled. “Key operatives are still at large,” he told ministers from Asia, Europe and the US attending the Bali meeting, co-hosted by Australia and Indonesia. The two countries announced further measures to combat the threat. Mr Downer said militants were training and recruiting in the region, using “legitimate fronts to pursue barbaric ends”. “We have disrupted the Jemaah Islamiah network through the capture and detention of well over 200 members, but we have not disabled it,” he said. The comments echoes those of a report issued on Tuesday by the International Crisis Group, which warned that JI posed a long-term security threat to Indonesia, and also warned of the risk posed by smaller, more radical breakaway groups. Full Story

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