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Jakarta Post

House agrees to expand military role in terror fight

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 21 2016   /  08:06 am

After months of debate over a plan to strengthen military involvement in counterterrorism measures, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved six conditions under which soldiers could step in and arrest assailants.

The new role, which will be included in the Terrorism Law revision, will go beyond what is mandated in the Indonesian Military (TNI) Law, which only allows soldiers to assist terrorism operations under the command of the National Police.

If the proposal goes to the plenary session for passage in the next sitting session next month, the TNI will be allowed to launch their own operations in terrorism attacks involving the president, vice president and their families; Indonesian citizens abroad; Indonesian Embassies; Indonesian ships and airplanes and foreign ships and airplanes in the country’s territory. It will also allow the military to step in if a t...