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Indonesia to expel terrorism expert

An expert on Indonesian militant groups has criticised a decision to expel her from the country. Sidney Jones, an American analyst from the International Crisis Group (ICG), said she was issued with the expulsion order on Tuesday. Immigration officials said she was asked to leave due to visa violations. But Ms Jones said the expulsion order may have been prompted by her recent criticism of Indonesia’s army and intelligence agencies. “I was devastated to learn that I had to leave Indonesia, but now I am just furious,” Sidney Jones told the Associated Press news agency on Wednesday. As the director of the ICG in Indonesia, Ms Jones is regarded as an expert on the region’s militant groups, in particular Jemaah Islamiah, which has been linked to the Bali bomb attacks in 2002. She said no official reason had been given for her expulsion, nor had any government figure formally told her what she had done wrong. Full Story

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