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Military operation in Marawi a risky option

  • Anton Aliabbas
    Anton Aliabbas

    PhD research student at the Center for International Security and Resilience

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Shrivenham, United Kingdom   /   Tue, July 4, 2017   /  08:35 am
Military operation in Marawi a risky option Police special forces prepare to assault the hide-out of militants near the city hall in Marawi, in southern island of Mindanao on May 28, 2017. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has indicated Indonesia’s readiness to get involved in a military operation against the terrorist group in Marawi in the southern Philippines. The government also plans to facilitate a multilateral meeting involving Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Philippines to establish international efforts to combat the Islamic State (IS) movement in the region.

Undoubtedly, the Indonesian Military (TNI) is capable of delivering operations in a variety of terrains such as in an urban setting or in the jungle. As terrain in the southern Philippines is similar to that of Indonesia, the Special Forces (Kopassus), the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad) and the Raiders are capable of conducting such a mission.

At least, there are four options of roles for the TNI if the governmen...

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