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Repatriating former fighters to avoid worse problems

  • Amelinda Bonita Leonard

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18 2020   /  01:25 am
Long way from home: A guard talks to a woman accompanying children at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp where families of Islamic State (IS) foreign fighters are held, in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria, on Oct. 17, 2019. Some 600 former fighters and their families are identified as originating from Indonesia. (AFP/Deilil Souleiman)(IS) foreign fighters are held, in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria, on Oct. 17, 2019. Some 600 former fighters and their families are identified as originating from Indonesia. (AFP/Deilil Souleiman)

Long way from home: A guard talks to a woman accompanying children at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp where families of Islamic State (IS) foreign fighters are held, in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria, on Oct. 17, 2019. Some 600 former fighters and their families are identified as originating from Indonesia. (AFP/Deilil Souleiman)The government has decided against the homecoming of some 600 former foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) from Syria as “they could become a new terrorist virus” that will threaten Indonesia’s entire population. Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD announced the decision, a few days after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his refusal to welcome back the returnees. The country’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, supports the government’s policy.The call to fighting for the Islamic State (...