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Indonesian military continues attacks on Aceh rebels despite ceasefire

The Indonesian military says it is continuing to launch raids against separatist rebels in tsunami-devastated Aceh, despite having earlier called a ceasefire to help aid efforts. “Our security operations continue, the only difference is that it may be less in scale and intensity,” Lieutenant Colonel Nachrowi, of the military headquarters’ general information department, told AFP. “The principle is that all our forces in Aceh are basically continuing their duty under the security operation. But they also have to accord a large portion of their time for the humanitarian relief efforts. “We continue to launch raids into suspected GAM (Free Aceh Movement) areas and our vigilance remains high.” Nachrowi’s comments come despite Indonesian military chief General Endriartono Sutarto calling for an unprecedented temporary ceasefire on Monday with the rebels so focus could be shifted onto rebuilding the remote province. Full Story

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