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Military Ties to Indonesia Resume Too Soon for Some

Acting swiftly with new congressional authority, the Bush administration said yesterday that it has restored military ties with Indonesia, formally ending the last of the restrictions imposed after violence in East Timor in 1999. The Bush administration has taken a number of steps this year to reward Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, for its cooperation in the battle against Islamic extremists. The United States resumed military training in February and sales of “nonlethal” equipment in May. President Bush also issued a statement with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in May that “normal military relations would be in the interest of both countries.” Full Story

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