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TNI expected to play greater role

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  12:21 am

Moeldoko (JP)Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko claimed that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had expressed his consent to bringing back to life the suspended military Joint Special Operations Command (Koopsusgab) tasked with countering terrorism.

The team, which included and will again include personnel of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus), the Navy’s Denjaka specialized squad and the Air Force’s Bravo 90 special force, would be put on standby and be ready to be mobilized at any time when terror threats emerged, Moeldoko said.

“This joint force was well trained and prepared in terms of its capacity, and it could be deployed anywhere on the country’s soil as fast as possible [...]. Its role would be to assist the National Police,” Moeldoko said on Wednesday.

His statement followed a recent string of terrorist attacks that has thrust the country int...