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Internal JI rifts changing face of terror in Asia–expert

Divisions within the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network are changing the face of Muslim militant movements in Southeast Asia, a regional security analyst warned Thursday. However, this will not curtail more activities by Islamic militants and could embolden those not controlled by the Jemaah Islamiyah, warned Sidney Jones, director of the Singapore-based International Crisis Group think tank. Jones told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of the Philippines in Manila that the Jemaah Islamiyah was “in disarray at the moment,” with the leadership of two factions quarrelling. “While this should be good news … it is not the whole story,” Jones said, warning that “there are a lot of other groups besides JI who are engaged in jihadist activity.” Full Story

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