Indonesia Marks Successes in Terrorism Fight
There is one part of the world where authorities appear to be winning the war against terrorists: Southeast Asia. The al-Qaida-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah and its splinter groups carried out a number of high-profile attacks against Western targets after Sept. 11, 2001, in Bali, Jakarta and the Philippines. But now they are on the run.
Indonesian police this month captured two top leaders of the terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, or JI, further crippling an organization already weakened. The Indonesian police have, by most accounts, done a good job of reducing the threat posed by JI and other groups.
In fact, there have been no high profile attacks on Western targets in Indonesia for nearly two years.
Some analysts say that is because of counterterrorism efforts. Others say funds have dried up, as al-Qaida and other groups turn their attention elsewhere. But most agree that the threat in Indonesia has not been eliminated.
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