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Indonesia monitors Syria developments amid concerns of IS regrouping

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, October 20, 2019   /  04:51 pm
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Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, on Oct. 15. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Indonesia is monitoring the situation in northeastern Syria closely amid concerns that Indonesian Islamic State (IS) group fighters might flee home or regroup, though Indonesian authorities have yet to confirm reports about their possible escape. National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) head Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius said the government was on high alert and communicating with partner countries about developments in Syria after Turkey began an offensive on Oct. 9 across the Syrian border. “We are closely following all developments [in Syria]. This issue was also discussed at a meeting with global security agencies in Sochi, Russia, which was also attended by the United Nations,” he said recently. Suhardi was in Russia to attend the 18th conference of intelligence, law enforcement and security service heads of foreign partner agencies of the Russian Federal Security Ser...