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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Total war on terror

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, July 29 2011   /  07:00 am

Indonesia’s commitment to the fight against terror is unquestionable, as evidenced in the endless crackdown on those behind bomb attacks or people who plot human carnage.

Due credit must be given to the police’s Detachment 88 counterterrorism squad, which has been stretched to the limit in bringing cold-blooded bombers to justice and foiling acts of terror.

However, with only about 400 personnel on hand, while the country’s terror network continues to grow new breeds and cells, there is a risk that the squad will lose steam in the fight that may last longer than we thought. Not only will national security be at stake but also civilization if the terror forces run rampant.

Ansyad Mbai, the National Antiterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief who also oversees Detachment 88, announced on Monday that the government was ready to involve the Indonesian Military (TNI) in shari...