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Jakarta Post

War against terrorism in Southeast Asia

  • Rommel C. Banlaoi

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 18 2009   /  01:12 pm

Through serious counterterrorism measures, governments in Southeast Asia have successfully weakened the physical infrastructure of terrorism in the region. The Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), two major terrorist groups in Southeast Asia, are heavily factionalized and are severely damaged with the death, arrest and neutralization of their key leaders. Though JI was able to mount the Jakarta bombing in July 2009 while the ASG continues to bomb churches in the Southern Philippines and engages in kidnap-for-ransom activities, security authorities in Southeast Asia have dealt a number of stern blows against the JI and the ASG. The Mantiqi structure of JI has been dismantled while the original organizational set-up of the ASG has been disrupted. Some members and key leaders of JI and ASG are currently in jail while others have disengaged or have under...