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Indonesia Claims to Have Killed 30 Rebels

Indonesia’s military on Saturday claimed it had killed 30 separatist rebels in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province in the space of a week, threatening a fragile truce agreed on after the Dec. 26 natural disaster. A rebel spokesman alleged most of the 30 were unarmed villagers caught up in army sweeps. A top commander, meanwhile, reportedly accused the rebels of lying during ongoing peace talks. The flurry of claims indicate the post-tsunami informal cease-fire is not sticking and underline the obstacles to a lasting peace in the region, which has been wracked by fighting between government troops and a small separatist army since 1976. Full Story

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