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  • Australians Furious at State of Bali Bombings Site (10 years after Jihadi massacre)

    10/11/2012 5:41:02 AM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    Australians Furious at State of Bali Bombings Site October 10, 2012 Australian relatives of the 2002 Bali bombing victims walk out of the carpark of Sari club, which was one of the bombing sites, ahead of the 10th anniversary in Kuta, on the resort island of Bali on Oct. 10, 2012. Eighty-eight Australians were among the 202 people killed in the attacks on Sari Club and Paddy's Bar at the popular tourist area of Kuta on October 12, 2002. Kuta, Bali. Friends and relatives of Australian victims of Indonesia’s Bali bombings have expressed outrage after learning that the site of...
  • Indonesia's most wanted man killed in police raid (Noordin Mohammad Top. This time they got him.)

    09/17/2009 9:40:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 642+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/09 | Muklis Ali and Olivia Rondonuwu
    JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant was killed in a police shoot-out in Central Java, police said on Thursday, lifting a major security threat ahead of a planned visit by U.S. President Barack Obama. Malaysian-born Noordin Mohammad Top, who set up a violent splinter group of regional militant network Jemaah Islamiah, was widely considered the mastermind of the bomb attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta in July, as well as other attacks in Bali and in Jakarta which killed scores of Westerners and Indonesians. National police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri announced Top's death at a news conference,...
  • Australia's Plucky Blond Jihadi ('the Elizabeth Taylor of the jihad')

    08/09/2009 12:41:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 3,473+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Aug 8, 2009 | David Wilson
    BOOK REVIEW The Mother of Mohammed by Sally Neighbour Reviewed by David Wilson What drives a blonde Australian beach bunny to go on jihad? That extraordinary question serves as the premise for one of the most absorbing non-fiction titles to surface this year. The Mother of Mohammed (MUP) by Australian journalist Sally Neighbour, 48, digs into the background of the beach bunny in question, Rabiah - born Robyn - Hutchinson, with flair, wit and candor. This book pulls no punches. "She was a scrawny, pale-skinned runt, with a shock of frizzy white-blonde hair and an eye-patch she wore from the...
  • Indonesian unaware husband was Noordin Top-lawyer

    07/23/2009 3:37:45 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 243+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 23, 2009 | Olivia Rondonuwu and Telly Nathalia
    JAKARTA, July 23 (Reuters) - The Indonesian wife of Noordin Top, the region's most-wanted militant because of his role in a string of bomb attacks in Indonesia, did not know his real name and thought he was a teacher, her lawyer said on Thursday. Malaysian-born Top is one of the prime suspects behind last week's near-simultaneous suicide bomb attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, two luxury hotels in Jakarta's main business district, which killed nine people and injured 53, including Indonesians and foreigners. Police and security analysts said the attacks bore the hallmarks of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the militant...
  • Bali Bombing Cleric Attacks Western Tourists

    03/24/2008 7:04:37 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 593+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-25-2008 | Nick Squires
    Bali bombing cleric attacks western tourists By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 1:56am GMT 25/03/2008 Western tourists in Indonesia are "maggots, snakes and worms" who should be beaten up, the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings has told hardline Islamic followers. Abu Bakar Bashir, the cleric who was convicted of conspiracy over the Bali bombings but later cleared and released from prison after 26 months, said the island resort had been overrun by scantily-clad tourists who deserved to be attacked for their immorality. "Worms, snakes, maggots... those are animals that crawl. Take a look at Bali... those infidel...
  • Bali bombers will not appeal for clemency

    10/13/2007 7:37:31 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 143+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | October 13 2007 | Telly Nathalia/Reuters
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Three Indonesian militants on death row for their involvement in planning the Bali bombings five years ago said on Saturday they were ready to die and would not seek a presidential pardon. Imam Samudra, Amrozi and Mukhlas, also known as Ali Gufron, were sentenced to death for the October 12, 2002 resort island bombings in which over 200 people died. They face execution by a firing squad after the country's top court rejected their appeal. "Clemency is not from Islamic law. I have been living as a Muslim and will die as a Muslim," state news agency...
  • Militant to sue over shooting (You'll LOVE this one!!!)

    06/18/2007 10:41:32 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 753+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19 June 2007
    INDONESIAN militant Abu Dujana will sue the police, saying he was shot in the thigh by members of an elite anti-terrorist unit after surrendering, one of his lawyers said today. Dujana, who is believed to head a military wing of the South-East Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was captured on June 9 during a police raid in central Java. Lawyer Achmad Michdan said the country's anti-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, had violated the suspect's rights by shooting him after he had surrendered. "We will sue the Indonesian police and Detachment 88 and we will ask the court to examine the...
  • Suspects confess to terror links, says Yemen

    11/15/2006 7:42:30 AM PST · by Valin · 144+ views
    The Age ^ | 11/15/06
    Seven suspects, including two Australian sons of a Jemaah Islamiah leader, have confessed to involvement in smuggling weapons to Somalia and collecting money for terrorist attacks, Yemeni officials say. The group includes Sydney men Abdullah Ayub, 19, Mohammed Ayub, 21, and Marek Samulski, 35. The Ayub brothers are sons of JI leader Abdul Rahim Ayub, who fled Australia after the Bali bombings. Investigators have linked them to a member of an alleged Sydney terrorist cell who was arrested and charged a year ago. The men, along with a Briton, a Dane, a Somali and another suspect, allegedly acknowledged during interrogation...
  • We're no terrorists: accused Australians' mother breaks silence

    11/04/2006 7:45:02 AM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 362+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 11/3/06 | Tom Allard
    SHE has been depicted as the home-grown den mother for jihadists and judged a security risk by ASIO, but Rabiah Hutchison says she is neither. Try devout mother, proud Muslim and health worker to some of the world's most dispossessed people. The former wife of Jemaah Islamiah's Australian boss, Abdul Rahim Ayub, and the mother of two sons picked up as suspected terrorists in Yemen last month, Ms Hutchison broke her silence to the Herald yesterday. "I am saddened by what I have seen and heard in the media … it's all lies," Ms Hutchison said. She labelled the notion...
  • Alleged Al-Qaeda Operative Sufaat Denies Terror Charges

    04/14/2002 3:42:11 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 518+ views
    Islam Online ^ | April 14 2002 | Kazi Mahmood
    JAKARTA, April 14 (IslamOnline) - Alleged Al-Qaeda operative, Yazid Sufaat, denied terror charges, while he admitted that he met two Arab nationals at his condominium in Kuala Lumpur two years ago, a news report from said on Sunday. However, Sufaat, high on the FBI list of suspects from South East Asia, who might be members or operatives of the Al-Qaeda, stressed the duo could not be involved in the Sept 11 attacks as they were amputees shopping for prosthetic legs in Malaysia. The 37-year-old pathologist and former army captain, who is also a businessmen in Malaysia, told this to...
  • The mother, her sons and their terrorist dad

    10/31/2006 6:27:31 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 415+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 11/1/06 | Tom Allard
    TWO of the Australian men arrested in Yemen on terrorism charges are the sons of Abdul Rahim Ayub, the man who set up a Jemaah Islamiah cell here and fled after the Bali bombings. The Herald can also reveal that the mother of the two brothers is an Australian-born woman called Rabiah Hutchison and is regarded by security agencies as possibly more radical than her former husband. Ms Hutchison is in Yemen with her sons, Mohammed Ayub and Abdullah Ayub, and the Herald has been told that their tour group was joined by some of the wives of the men...
  • Tip from Australian spies behind arrests of true blue trio

    10/30/2006 5:28:52 AM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 397+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 10/31/06 | Cynthia Banham, Tom Allard
    TWO Australian-born brothers of Anglo-Saxon background were arrested in Yemen on terrorism charges after information was passed on by Australian security agencies. The brothers, aged 18 and 21, and another Australian of Polish extraction were arrested two weeks ago, suspected of being members of an al-Qaeda cell and plotting to smuggle arms to Somalia. All three men are from NSW, and security sources say some of them have links to the Ayub brothers, who allegedly set up a Jemaah Islamiah cell in Australia in the late 1990s. A Sydney lawyer, Adam Houda, said he had been contacted by the family...
  • How marriage linked 'Jihad' Jack to JI

    08/29/2006 1:30:38 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 326+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 29, 2006 | Natalie O'Brien and Natasha Robinson
    WITHIN two years of Abu Bakar Bashir's last clandestine visit to Australia, terror suspect Jack Thomas had met and married - within a day - a close friend of the cleric's wife and was meeting with senior figures in the terrorist network Jemaah Islamiah. Thomas's new wife, Indonesian-born Maryati Idris, was central to introducing him to the organisation that has been blamed for a series of terrorist attacks including the two Bali bombings. Through these connections he was also introduced to the mysterious Indonesian twin brothers - Abdul Rahim Ayub and Abdul Rahman Ayub - who were entrusted with setting...
  • Philippines - Military averts Abu Sayyaf bomb plot (Bali bombing masterminds involved)

    08/11/2006 1:19:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 460+ views ^ | August 11, 2006
    The military believed that plans by the Abu Sayyaf to conduct bombings in the country were averted with the discovery of the biggest camp of the group in Jolo, Sulu, ABS-CBN News reported Friday. An exclusive report of late night newscast Bandila said that as early as July, the military had already planned to raid the camp of the Abu Sayyaf in the jungles of Jolo after receiving information from residents living nearby. The camp was being used as training ground for Abu Sayyaf members and was once the hiding place of leaders Abu Sulayman, Khadaffy Janjalani and Radulan...
  • New JI leader 'has al-Qaeda link'

    03/23/2006 7:08:38 AM PST · by Valin · 2 replies · 111+ views
    A young Indonesian with close links to al-Qaeda is thought to be the new head of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant group, a senior policeman says. Abu Dujana, who is about 34 years old, now leads the Islamic group blamed for hundreds of deaths in Bali and elsewhere, said Petrus Reinhard Golose. Some 270 alleged JI members, including senior leaders, have been arrested since 2000, he added. But Abu Dujana was a capable leader and the group was still a threat, he said. Colonel Golose, a senior anti-terror commander, said arresting him was now a "priority". He said Abu Dujana...
  • Moussaoui 'dreamed of' White House attack

    03/08/2006 5:07:15 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 16 replies · 1,058+ views ^ | 9 March 2006
    TERROR plotter Zacarias Moussaoui told a Muslim militant he dreamed of crashing a plane into the White House, according to testimony at the al-Qaeda conspirator's death penalty trial today. Singapore-born Faiz Abu Bakar Bafana, a member of the radical Indonesia-based group Jemaah Islamiah, said in testimony recorded in 2002 that he hosted a man he knew only as "John" in Kuala Lumpur in mid-2000, who told him of the dream. Jurors later saw Bafana assert during cross-examination that "John" was Moussaoui. Moussaoui is the first person tried in the US in connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed...
  • Indonesia detains Bali bombing suspects

    01/21/2006 5:49:55 AM PST · by Valin · 2 replies · 205+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/20/06
    Four Indonesians arrested last week have been named suspects under anti-terrorism laws in October's restaurant bombings on Bali and for hiding a key militant. "These four people are believed to have been involved in the 2005 Bali bombings," deputy national police spokesman Anton Bahrul Alam said. "They also helped hide Noordin M Top during and after the bombings." Police have been conducting a nationwide manhunt for Top, a senior member of Jemaah Islamiah - a shadowy militant group seen as the South-East Asian arm of Al Qaeda. Top is blamed for helping mastermind a series of bombings in Indonesia in...
  • Terror 'linked' to environment crime

    10/26/2005 11:59:30 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 2 replies · 317+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 27 October 2005 | Roberta Mancuso
    INTERPOL is investigating whether terrorist groups such as Jemaah Islamiah are linked to environmental crimes. The head of Interpol's Environmental Crimes Committee Andrew Lauterback said there was anecdotal evidence those behind the world's major wildlife smuggling and illegal waste dumping were linked to organised crime. Such links had been established between ivory poaching and terrorist groups in Somalia, he said, and Interpol was investigating the possible involvement of major terrorist networks. "Obviously, that's something that we're looking into, but that's probably all I can say," Mr Lauterback said in Brisbane today. Mr Lauterback, who spoke at the Australian Environmental Law...
  • Ji Philippines threat 'serious'

    10/22/2005 1:51:08 AM PDT · by Fair Go · 1 replies · 187+ views
    The Australian ^ | 22 Oct 2005
    JI Philippines threat 'serious' From correspondents in Manila, Philippines 22oct05 THE Jemaah Islamiah (JI) extremist group in the southern Philippines poses a serious threat to the entire region, a special US envoy said. US State Department coordinator for counterterrorism Henry Crumpton also encouraged the Philippine government to pass long delayed counter-terrorism legislation. "The threat is very serious if you look at recent events, the intention of enemy forces, their collaborating with affiliates all around the region ... their technical skills especially in bomb making, their tradecraft skills." His warning came after the Philippine military said JI was still conducting training...
  • Australia to tackle Ji on Mindanao

    10/17/2005 12:41:27 AM PDT · by Fair Go · 3 replies · 297+ views
    The Courier Mail ^ | 17 Oct 2005
    Australia to tackle JI on Mindanao From correspondents in Zamboanga 17oct05 AUSTRALIA and the Philippines are to expand security cooperation amid concern over Islamic militants on the island of Mindanao, Australian Defence Minister Robert Hill said today. Both countries will boost intelligence exchanges and maritime surveillance, focusing on the infiltration of Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militants into Mindanao, Mr Hill said during a visit to this southern port. Hill met with Lieutenant General Edilberto Adan, chief of the Philippine military's southern command, and said there could also be "further training and support for special forces, particularly in long-range reconnaissance work". He...
  • GLOBAL JIHAD Bali blasts kick off early 'Ramadan Offensive' (Religion of Peace Alert)

    10/02/2005 10:40:10 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 5 replies · 551+ views ^ | October 2, 2005 |
    Stirring fears al-Qaida's much-heralded "Ramadan Offensive" was beginning early, three near-simultaneous bomb blasts ripped through crowded restaurants on the Indonesia resort island of Bali almost three years to the day of the devastating Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202. At least 25 have been reported killed.
  • Bali bomb-maker dies in shoot-out

    08/15/2005 6:47:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 509+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 16, 2005 | Martin Chulov
    ONE of the two terrorists who made the Bali bombs has been shot dead during a gun battle with soldiers near a militant stronghold in the southern Philippines. The remains of Umar Patek, a member of Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiah, and those of an al-Qa'ida-linked Abu Sayyaf commander were recovered from a creek bed on August 5, three weeks after they were ambushed by special forces. Special forces soldiers launched an intensive operation in early July to find the pair thought at the time to be protected by Khadaffy Janajalani, the Abu Sayyaf leader responsible for dozens of...
  • Philippines deports alleged US separatist sympathisers

    03/01/2004 11:07:23 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 316+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | March 01 2004 | AFP
    The Philippines has deported two US citizens who were arrested last year on suspicion of links to Muslim separatist groups. Brothers Michael Ray Stubbs, 55, and Jamil Daud Mujahid, 56, have been turned over to American marshals, who escorted them back to the US. The Immigration Bureau says both were blacklisted as "undesirable aliens and threats to national security". The two have been in detention since December after being arrested south of Manila. Authorities say the suspects were earlier seen meeting with leaders of the Abu Sayyaf and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The Abu Sayyaf is a...
  • Son of Jemaah Islamiah leader denies role

    12/15/2004 12:17:24 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 228+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 15 2004
    ACCUSED of providing long-term liaison between al-Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiah on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the young man with impeccable JI lineage smiled gently and began his long litany of denials and refusals. Abdul Rohim, the youngest son of accused terrorist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, denied he had ever met convicted Australian terrorist Jack Roche in Pakistan. He insisted his years in the sprawling Pakistani city of Karachi were spent studying, not working with al-Qaeda. He told The Australian he did not even recognise the name of the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, let alone serve...
  • Bin Laden "contacted Indonesian preacher"

    12/02/2004 12:23:15 PM PST · by knighthawk · 11 replies · 428+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | December 02 2004 | Reuters
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Fugitive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden once invited Indonesian preacher Abu Bakar Bashir to live in Afghanistan, a young militant jailed over the bombing of a Jakarta hotel has told the cleric's terrorism trial. Witness Mohamad Rais said he gave a message to Bashir from bin Laden in 2001 after returning to Indonesia from two years of military training in Afghan militant camps. "If Bashir feels no longer comfortable here (in Indonesia), Osama asked Bashir to go there," Rais told the court on Thursday when asked by a judge what was the content of the message....
  • Indonesians recount bombing horror

    11/30/2004 2:57:54 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | November 30 2004 | Tomi Soetjipto
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - The relatives of Indonesians killed in last year's bombing of a Jakarta hotel have recounted tales of horror as the trial of Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused of leading al Qaeda's Asian arm, resumed. They were the first batch of witnesses called on Tuesday in a trial in which prosecutors are seeking to prove Bashir incited deadly attacks, including the suicide bombing of Jakarta's JW Marriott Hotel in 2003 that killed 12 people, and nightclub bombings in Bali in 2002 that left 202 dead, mostly foreign tourists. Sri Lestari described how her husband, a Marriott hotel...
  • Police trace movements of convicted French terrorist

    10/21/2004 9:57:15 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 257+ views
    The Star ^ | October 21 2004
    KUALA LUMPUR: Convicted French terrorist Lionel Dumont has visited Malaysia no less than six times and police are investigating why. Dumont, who is of Algerian descent, is believed to have used a fake passport to come to Malaysia between 2002 and 2003. He is said to have stayed in several hotels here and rented a house for a few months in a northern state. The 34-year-old militant, who had links with Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network, was arrested in Germany in December. He first entered Japan from Singapore using a forged French passport bearing the name Tinet Gerald Camille Armand...
  • Indonesian Cleric Charged Over Bali Bombings

    10/16/2004 7:43:45 AM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/16/04
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been charged with involvement in the nightclub bombings in the holiday island of Bali that killed 202 people, an official said on Saturday. "He is charged for having a part in the Bali incident," state prosecutor Andi Herman told Reuters. Bashir was charged under the criminal law Number 187 for his involvement in the Bali bombing, Herman said, the maximum penalty under which law is life sentence. The accused leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant network was charged on Friday with involvement in a suicide bombing attack at...
  • Bitter end to a dream of ‘jihad’

    10/03/2004 8:36:01 PM PDT · by whershey · 3 replies · 571+ views
    Mohamed Mohd Nasir Abas was once a top leader of the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist group which continues to strike terror in the region. In an exclusive interview with LOURDES CHARLES in Jakarta, he talks about life inside the shadowy organisation ...
  • Jemaah Islamiah may forge links with Chechen rebels: expert

    09/27/2004 11:16:19 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | September 27 2004 | AFP
    South-East Asian governments must prepare for the possibility of regional terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) forging links with Chechen separatists and adopting even more aggressive tactics, an expert warns. Rohan Gunaratna, head of the Singapore-based International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, says the Al Qaeda-linked JI is seeking new alliances amid an intensive crackdown on its activities in the region. "Certainly, JI individual members have had linkages with Chechen groups for a period of time," he said. "JI is a group that is now surviving on opportunity. "They will work with any terrorist group who understands terrorist tactics...
  • Region's terrorists in secret alliance

    09/20/2004 1:20:06 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 301+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 20 2004 | Martin Chulov
    THE three main Southeast Asian Islamic terrorist groups have had a strong, secret alliance for almost 20 years, which continues to train Jemaah Islamiah's bomb-makers, intelligence documents reveal. The documents, compiled from interviews with a senior JI defector and other sources, confirm long-held suspicions that two training camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the southern Philippines are the nerve centre of regional terrorism. The former JI leader's admissions defy claims by the Philippines Government and the MILF that militant training in the camps ceased four years ago, at the start of delicate negotiations about autonomy for the Muslim...
  • South-east Asia militants back Chechnya cause

    09/11/2004 8:56:02 AM PDT · by Destro · 2 replies · 255+ views ^ | SEPT 11, 2004 SAT | Shefali Rekhi
    South-east Asia militants back Chechnya cause Jemaah Islamiah members are said to have connected with Chechen rebels at many levels - most of which spell terror By Shefali Rekhi MILITANTS in South-east Asia have identified themselves with armed separatists in Chechnya in a development counter-terrorism experts describe as 'chilling'. They say the 200-year struggle in the breakaway Russian republic, the latest chapter of which has raged for 10 years, has captivated disgruntled Muslims here. Amid the chanting of anti-US slogans for America's battle against terrorism and the war in Iraq, bitter condemnation of Israel and mounting local grievances, jihadis are...
  • Talk to terrorists: Bali victim father

    09/09/2004 6:59:26 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 445+ views
    Australian Associated Press | September 10, 2004 | Lauren Ahwan
    THE Jakarta embassy bombing showed Australia must negotiate with terrorist organisation Jemaah Islamiah, Brian Deegan, whose son Joshua died in the 2002 Bali bombings, said today. Australia needed to rethink its foreign policies, he said. Mr Deegan, a former magistrate who is running against Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer in the federal election, called on Mr Downer to meet Jemaah Islamiah (JI) to negotiate an end to the terror. JI, a terror group linked to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for yesterday's car bomb attack outside the Australian embassy that killed nine people and injured at least 180. Mr Downer...
  • One big terrorist family

    09/07/2004 10:53:28 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Straits Times ^ | Sept. 8, 2004 | The Star/AsiaNews Network
    One big terrorist family JI leaders and members linked by a huge network of marriages, an investigation into the activities of their kin shows KUALA LUMPUR - Intelligence agents have uncovered a complex web of more than 100 marriages involving family members of key Jemaah Islamiah (JI) leaders, members and their operatives across the region. Security officials said they were aware arranged marriages had created one large terrorist family, but were surprised by the extent of the family ties. Advertisement 'The figure is just the tip of the iceberg. We believe the number of marriages involved is certainly much higher,...
  • Indonesia arrests JI 'suicide squad' suspects

    08/23/2004 11:41:24 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | August 23 2004 | AFP
    Indonesian police have arrested three men suspected of being members of a suicide squad belonging to the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) regional terrorist network, a senior officer has said. Police anti-terror squad chief Brigadier General Pranowo said the three were among five people arrested last month over suspicion of involvement in the 2002 Bali bombings and an attack on the Jakarta Marriott hotel in 2003. "We are currently in the process of investigating them, but we suspect that three of them are members of a special suicide squad of the JI," Brig Pranowo told AFP. He said the men...
  • Jemaah Islamiah weaker but police on bomb alert

    08/05/2004 2:14:40 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 155+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 06 2004 | Sian Powell
    INDONESIA is still braced for another terrorist bombing, with police warning there is the potential for attacks in the lead-up to the September 20 presidential run-off election. Exactly one year after a Jemaah Islamiah van-bomb killed 12 at Jakarta's five-star Marriott hotel, the terrorist network has been splintered, many of its operatives detained, and its potential for further attacks severely dented. Yet experts warn another bombing could be launched by desperate operatives. A small bomb exploded in the National Election Commission headquarters in Jakarta last week. On Wednesday, Jakarta's Catholic Santa Bellarminus school and Pelni hospital received bomb threats, although...
  • South-East Asia winning Jemaah Islamiah war: Malaysian PM

    07/24/2004 7:20:17 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 234+ views
    South-East Asia has not destroyed regional terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) but it is winning the war on terrorism, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says. "The war on terror in South-East Asia, I think we are winning that war," he said. "Not completely but we are watching very very carefully and we believe that soon we should see no more threats." Mr Abdullah says it is tough to predict when a total victory could be declared as some members of JI, seen as the regional wing of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, are still operating out of Indonesia....
  • Suspected JI leader nabbed in Indonesia

    07/16/2004 12:39:23 AM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 5 replies · 227+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | July 16, 2004 | AP
    Suspected JI leader nabbed in Indonesia CANBERRA (Australia) - The suspected leader of the Australian arm of the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist group has been found in Indonesia and is under investigation there, but Canberra has no immediate plans to extradite him, authorities said on Friday. Adbul Rahim Ayub, who has dual Indonesian and Australian citizenship, left Australia four days after Jemaah Islamiah bombers killed 202 people on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali on Oct 12, 2002. Advertisement Australian security agents carried out a string of raids on suspected JI supporters in Australia in the aftermath of the Bali bombings...
  • Indonesian agents track down Jemaah Islamiah's Australian 'leader'

    07/15/2004 1:38:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 230+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 15 2004 | Martin Chulov
    THE former Perth school teacher accused of leading the Jemaah Islamiah terror group in Australia has been found in West Java by Indonesian intelligence and could be extradited to face charges in his adopted country. Abdul Rahim Ayub, a dual Australian and Indonesian citizen, was located about three months ago at Puncak, a town near the West Java city of Bogor. He has been co-operating with Indonesia's national intelligence agency, BIN. The agency's Australian counterpart, ASIO, and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock were told recently about Mr Ayub's whereabouts. He has not been arrested but has been extensively questioned and remains under...
  • Jemaah Islamiah training new generation of terrorists: report

    07/13/2004 12:07:22 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 236+ views
    A report by a Brussels-based think tank says Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is using connections with Filipino Muslim rebels to train replacements for members arrested after the Bali bombings. The International Crisis Group (ICG) says graduates from camps in the southern Philippines have revitalised JI ranks at home in Indonesia. They have launched terror attacks in the Philippines itself and breathed new life into the Abu Sayyaf militants. The ICG report says the Philippines is crucial to the evolving terrorist threat in South-East Asia. Since the mid-1990s, it has become a main training ground for JI and other Islamic extremist groups....
  • Experts: Chemical terrorism a very real threat

    07/05/2004 7:57:08 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 316+ views
    The Star ^ | July 6, 2004 | AFP
    KUALA LUMPUR: Asian governments were warned yesterday to prepare for possible deadly chemical attacks by terrorist groups, such as the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI). The warning came at a conference here, attended by more than 70 chemical weapons experts, security officials and policy-makers from 12 countries including Japan, China, Canada, the United States, Singapore and Thailand. “There is a growing concern of the potential threat posed by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons (CBRN) in the hands of terrorists,” said Zainal Abidin Zain, director-general of the South-East Asia Regional Centre for Counter-terrorism. “Among all of the CBRN weapons, chemical weapons...
  • PHILIPPINES: Terrorists as Media Darlings

    06/30/2004 10:28:00 PM PDT · by Destro · 211+ views ^ | June 29, 2004 | Q & D Headlines
    PHILIPPINES: Terrorists as Media Darlings June 29, 2004: Police arrested six Jemaah Islamiah suspects outside the capital. Also seized were bomb making materials (11 pounds of explosives, plans for bomb making, six gasoline bombs and other materials.) Terrorist bombing has become very popular among young Filipino Moslems. Inspired by the attention given to Islamic radical bombings in Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, in the Islamic media, the number of bombings, and eager young bomber wannbes, has increased. The Islamic media makes the bombers appear to be heroic freedom fighters. While the suicide bombers are held up as the most...
  • Philippines nabs JI suspects ahead of inauguration

    06/29/2004 12:42:51 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 200+ views
    Philippine security forces have arrested several suspected members of Muslim militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) in Manila. Police and military officials says the suspects are part of a group planning bomb attacks to disrupt the inauguration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The arrests come as security forces boost their presence in the capital to guard against threats to tomorrow's ceremonies. The forces are also being deployed to control protest marches planned by opposition groups who say Ms Arroyo cheated in May 10 elections. "We got them with the PNP [Philippine National Police]," a military intelligence official said. JI is believed...
  • New wars, old tactics for Southeast Asian militants

    06/20/2004 4:01:34 AM PDT · by angkor · 3 replies · 126+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sunday June 20, 10:39 AM | Dan Eaton
    JAKARTA, June 20 (Reuters) - A bomb is found at the U.S. ambassador's house in the Indonesian capital, stashed in a flower box on the terrace where he takes breakfast each morning. The Philippine ambassador is badly wounded when a bomb explodes outside his residence in Jakarta. Investigators blame the blast on a regional militant network targeting the United States and its Asian allies. Are these thriller plots or the latest news from one of the front lines in the U.S.-led war on terror? Neither. They are evidence of the longstanding and still acute vulnerability of diplomats in Southeast Asia....
  • Jemaah Islamiah assassins hunting for Australians and Westerners

    06/10/2004 12:38:43 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 176+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 11 2004 | Cameron Stewart, John Kerin and Sian Powell
    AN assassination squad of Jemaah Islamiah terrorists is believed to have slipped into Indonesia to target Australian diplomats, businesspeople and other Westerners. The move by JI, the group responsible for the Bali bombings, may signal a dramatic shift from general bombings to assassinations. A group of operatives, trained to carry out assassinations, has arrived in Indonesian in recent weeks through East Kalimantan province from Mindanao in the southern Philippines, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. At the top of their target list are the Australian, American and British ambassadors, as well as other senior officials from those...
  • Britain links Jemaah Islamiah to Spain bombs

    05/12/2004 2:07:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 294+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 13 2004 | Cameron Stewart
    SUSPECTED links between Jemaah Islamiah, the terror group responsible for the Bali bombings, and the Madrid train bombers are being investigated by British police. If confirmed, the news would add credence to claims by terror experts that the Madrid bombers may have trained in JI-linked terrorist camps in central Indonesia. The British investigation was launched after Spanish news agency Efe reported that seven Islamic terrorists involved in the Madrid train bombings telephoned a JI operative and a jailed radical Muslim cleric in London's Belmarsh prison shortly before they blew themselves up last month. Surrounded by police in a flat in...
  • Al-Qaeda 'converting Christians for militant work'

    05/10/2004 11:55:24 AM PDT · by ambrose · 7 replies · 206+ views
    straitstimes ^ | 5.10.04
    MAY 10, 2004 Al-Qaeda 'converting Christians for militant work' Recruitment through charities helps affiliates tap their knowledge, access to Christian-dominated areas in Philippines By Luz Baguioro MANILA - Al-Qaeda's Philippine affiliates are recruiting Christians through a network of charities, including one founded by the brother-in-law of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, security officials said. The recruits are then pressured to convert to a militant form of Islam and are tapped for local information, contacts and access, said authorities. 'We have made a pretty disturbing discovery and that is the use of what they call 'Back to Islam' in the Philippines,'...
  • Philippines uncovers Jemaah Islamiah cell

    05/06/2004 3:13:11 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 117+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | May 06 2004 | Reuters
    Philippine security forces have uncovered a cell of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) regional terror group linked to Al Qaeda and have arrested a suspected member, Defence Secretary Eduardo Ermita says. With general elections set for Monday, the police and army have sent thousands of reinforcements to Manila. Security forces are on high alert across the country as officials cite concerns that militants may be planning attacks to disrupt the polls. In a statement, the Government says the anti-terror task force is "able to trace the trail of a $US25,000 remittance to JI operatives in the Philippines from the international terrorist...
  • Indonesian police clash with Bashir's supporters

    05/01/2004 1:55:30 PM PDT · by Valin · 1 replies · 128+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/1/04
    MAKASSAR, Indonesia, May 1 (Reuters) - Indonesian police fired warning shots into the air and clashed with supporters of Muslim preacher and terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir in the eastern city of Makassar on Saturday, injuring dozens. A Reuters photographer saw dozens of police beat unarmed students with bamboo sticks while others fired a volley of shots into the air inside an Islamic university compound in the port city, 1,400 km (870 miles) east of Jakarta. Witnesses said the clashes erupted after some of the estimated 500 student protesters dragged a police officer inside the university compound. "The police got...
  • Bashir may face death over Bali

    04/30/2004 9:02:21 PM PDT · by Piefloater · 5 replies · 218+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 01, 2004 | Sian Powell
    JEMAAH Islamiah-linked cleric Abu Bakar Bashir could face the death sentence for masterminding the Bali bombings, after being released from jail yesterday then immediately rearrested. New evidence, including a report from JI's training camp in The Philippines and statements from witnesses, will be used against the 65-year-old, whose transfer from Jakarta's Salemba prison to police headquarters caused a riot. Bashir was sentenced to four years' jail last year for treason and visa fraud. Charges that he led JI were dismissed for lack of evidence, and he later escaped the treason charges. The visa fraud sentence was reduced to 18 months,...