Crackdown 'fails to stop militant group training'
Jemaah Islamiah, the south-east Asian al-Qaeda affiliate blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings, is continuing to induct and train new recruits despite a regional police crackdown, according to a report published on Tuesday. Moreover, links between JI and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) – with which Manila has been in halting peace talks since 1996 – are threatening efforts to reach a peace settlement in the restive southern Philippines. The report says this is creating a “zone of lawlessness in which terrorism can thrive” that is undermining other countries’ counter-terrorism efforts. The report from the International Crisis Group, a think-tank whose south-east Asia project director, Sidney Jones, is a leading authority on Islamic extremists, highlights the fight countries in the region face against home-grown and highly mobile terrorists. Full Story