RealNews

Foreign dead may link JI to Thai revolt

Confirmation that seven of the 108 militants killed in last week’s bloody uprising in southern Thailand were foreigners has strengthened fears that the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network may have opened a new front in South-East Asia. Several captured militants are reported to have told interrogators that the attacks were planned with the involvement of JI – the group blamed for the Bali and Jakarta Marriott Hotel bombings – and a related Malaysian extremist group. Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday there was still no direct evidence of foreign support for the long-running separatist unrest in the predominantly Muslim provinces bordering Malaysia. But he conceded after a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Bangkok that al-Qaeda and regional affiliates such as JI could be inspiring the Thai militants. “There is a possibility that they are getting some sort of, not direct support, but encouragement from developments in other areas,” Mr Najib said. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.