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Aceh rebels elude military

The Indonesian military in the province of Aceh is appealing for help from the public in tracking down rebel leaders. Last May the Indonesian government launched a campaign aimed at crushing the Free Aceh separatist movement. Since then the security forces claim to have killed more than 13,000 suspected rebels, but they say many more are still holding out. In terms of numbers, this is a very one-sided conflict. There are 35,000 military and armed police deployed in Aceh. At the start of the conflict the rebel fighting force was thought to be about 5,000 strong. But after nine months of what was originally conceived as being a six month operation, senior rebel leaders have evaded capture. Now the Indonesian military is asking Acehnese civilians to help them. Full Story

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