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Indonesian extremist preaching jihad again

Abu Jibril raised his fist and promised worshippers in a packed suburban mosque last month that every coin they donate to overthrow Indonesia’s secular government will be repaid hundreds of times over in heaven. “The government no longer looks to Allah, but to America,” said the soft-spoken preacher, who argues that only jihad, or holy war, can establish an Islamic state in the 210 million- strong country, home to more Muslims than any other. “Prepare your forces and banish the enemy.” Two years after Washington blocked Jibril’s assets and declared him a terrorist — the alleged “primary recruiter and second in command” of Southeast Asia’s deadliest al-Qaida- linked group, Jemaah Islamiyah — he’s back delivering extremist sermons. Indonesian authorities keep Jibril under surveillance, but say they have no evidence he has committed a crime in the country, where he was deported after his release a year ago from prison in Malaysia. Now, he travels, preaches and meets other known extremists and followers. Full Story

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