The Jakarta Post
The name Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) – a militant extremist Islamic group – has again made headlines months after the arrest of its long-standing leader Para Wijayanto in June. Blamed for various deadly terrorist attacks in the early 2000s, the group has been lying low since a security crackdown targeted its top leaders in 2007. However, many believe it remains a threat.
Para, an engineering graduate from Semarang-based Diponegoro University with well-known organizational skills, had led the Al-Qaeda-affiliated organization since 2008, around the time when both senior and younger members of the transnational group decided to shift its focus to dakwah (religious outreach) and education, away from violent jihad operations.
The decision was made amid their acknowledgment of the group's weakening condition following the security crackdown and backlash from fel...