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Jakarta Post

Indonesian Military forms ‘super elite unit’ to crack down on terrorism

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 30, 2019   /  07:50 pm
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Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto (front center), Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa (second left), Navy chief of staff Admiral Siwi Suka Adji (second right) and Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshall Yuyu Sutisna (right) chat with Special Operations Command (Koopssus) commander Brig. Gen. Rochadi (left) during the inauguration of Koopssus at the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, Jakarta, on Tuesday.(ANTARA FOTO/Sigid Kurniawan)

The Indonesian Military (TNI) is expected to play a bigger role in the country's war on terror with the establishment of a "super elite unit" for deploying in national security emergencies, including terror attacks. The newly established Special Operations Command (Koopssus) comprises 400 personnel from the crème de la crème of the military's special forces: the 81 Special Detachment (Gultor) of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus), the Jalamangkara Detachment (Denjaka) of the Navy’s Marine Corps, and the Bravo 90 Detachment (Denbravo) of the Air Force’s Special Forces Corps (Korpaskhas). The Koopssus is under the command of Brig. Gen. Rochadi, who was appointed to the new role from his previous position as the director of the TNI’s Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS). Expected to be highly agile, the Koopssus is to conduc...