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Jakarta Post

'Charlie' tells more about Kopassus

  • Novan Iman Santosa


Jakarta   /   Tue, September 29 2020   /  01:00 am
Charlie: Special Operations in Indonesia 1988-1993(The Jakarta Post/Novan Iman Santosa)

The appointment of two former members of Tim Mawar (Rose Team) to two-star posts at the Defense Ministry has again put the spotlight on that infamous grouping. The team was a covert operation set up during the last leg of the New Order regime in 1997-1998, carried out by operatives from the Army's Special Forces Command (Kopassus) Group 4/Sandi Yudha, or Combat Intelligence. Kopassus was at the time led by Maj. Gen. Prabowo Subianto, the current defense minister, when it was tasked with “securing” nine anti-Soeharto activists. Prolific military writer Ken Conboy mentions Tim Mawar in a footnote in his new book Charlie: Special Operations in Indonesia 1988-1993, a sequel to his 2002 book Kopassus: Inside Indonesia’s Special Forces.  While Kopassus traces back to the early days of the special forces unit, Charlie focuses on a five-year period when Ko...