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Mohammed Jibril, the Prince of Jihad, received training from JI terrorists in Pakistan

Posted in arrested terrorists with tags , , , , on September 7, 2009 by admin

Jibril received military training from JI activists: Police | The Jakarta Post

National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri revealed that Mohamad Jibril had received military training in Pakistan, which followed the suspected terrorist’s lawyers and relatives’ repeated denial of his past whereabouts and activities,

“Jibril received military training from several Jemaah Islamiyah activists for about a year, from 1999- 2000,” Bambang said Thursday during a hearing at the House of Representatives.

“The training was conducted in Pakistan while he was studying there.”

Mohamad Jibril alias Mohamad Rizky Ardhan alias Muhammad Jibriel Abdul Rahman was arrested two weeks ago as he had allegedly played an important role in fund-raising for terrorist group led by Malaysian Noordin M. Top.

“Prince of Jihad” Mohammed Jibril, arrested.


Will terrorism end democracy in Indonesia?

Posted in counterterrorism, ideology with tags , , , , on September 4, 2009 by admin

As the manhunt for Top hits one dead end after another, Yudhoyono’s top security personnel have floated some controversial ideas for improving their terror-fighting capabilities, ones that if fully implemented would have serious implications for Indonesia’s burgeoning democracy. For example, police recently announced that they would begin to monitor sermons delivered by certain Muslim clerics in an effort to identify any incitement to hatred or violence in the name of religion.

Is preaching in favour of murdering people in terrorist attacks considered “freedom of expression”?

Police later backtracked on the announcement after a backlash from religious groups and people arguing for freedom of expression, and they denied that security officials had already instituted the surveillance scheme. However, according to reports, police in Batam, an island near Singapore, have already started watching over sermons as part of stepped-up security measures during the holy month of Ramadan.

More controversial was the announcement by Inspector General Ansyaad Mbai, head of the government’s anti-terrorism desk, that he would seek legal power to increase from five days to two years the length of time for which suspected terrorists could be detained without charge.

This could be more worrying, specially because of the Suharto’s dictatorship (1 million killed in anti-communist purges) and the memories the population has of those times:

While a military approach to hunting terrorists might be more effective than sleuthing police work, proposed tougher anti-terror measures, including the suspension of habeas corpus, raise images among many Indonesians of the Suharto era’s worst abuses, as well as the excesses and torture perpetuated by US forces against Muslim terror suspects at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba

Surprisingly, they have not heard about Mesbah-Yazdi.

Prince of Jihad” Mohammed Jibril, arrested

Posted in arrested terrorists, funding with tags , , , , , , , on August 28, 2009 by admin

INDONESIA Mohamad Jibril, “mastermind” of the attacks on Jakarta hotels, arrested – Asia News

Indonesian security forces have arrested Mohamad Jibril, who is suspected of having masterminded the massacres in Marriott and Ritz Carlton Hotel on 17 July in Jakarta. The arrest was carried out yesterday while the man – also known as Muhamad Ricky Ardhan – was travelling to the house of his father in Pamulang in the regency of South Tangerang, a suburb of the capital.

Jibril is director of an information portal, a point of reference for the local Islamic community. He apparently has two birth certificates, which bear different places and times. According to the first he was born in the province of South Borneo December 3, 1979, in the second he was born in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara province, on 28 May 1989. The police spokesman added that “he is suspected of collecting funds from abroad” to finance the Islamic extremist movement. – Indonesian police say bomb suspect was Al-Qaeda member

(Jibril was) known on the Internet as the “Prince of Jihad”

The source of the funds is not known, but police have said they are investigating whether the money came from Al-Qaeda brokers in the Middle East or South Asia, among other possible donors.

Mohammed Jibril studied Islam in Karachi, southern Pakistan, where he joined an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group known as Al-Ghuraba, or The Foreigners, according to analysts such as the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG).

Al-Ghuraba was set up in 1999 by Hambali, the Indonesian alleged point-man for Al-Qaeda in Southeast Asia who is in US custody at Guantanamo Bay, analysts said.

It trained Southeast Asian members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) regional terror network blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, and served as a conduit between JI and Al-Qaeda.

Noordin’s Support Base.
Challenges for Indonesia.
Indonesia seeks 2nd man who helped in terrorism funding.

Noordin’s Support Base

Posted in counterterrorism, terrorist attacks with tags , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

International Crisis Group – B95 Indonesia: Noordin Top’s Support Base

Many elements of Noordin’s support base are familiar. Although he broke away from the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation around 2004, Noordin retains an inner circle of JI militants who have been with him for the last four or five years. He can rely on many more, including teachers at JI schools and their students, to provide hiding places or logistical aid as needed. He has made repeated attempts to tap into the leadership of jihadi groups, not just JI but smaller organisations as well. In some cases, militant jihadis who want more action than their leaders may seek him out, rather than vice versa. He often manages to bring in a few family members and neighbours of those who hide him. The more systematic recruitment of foot soldiers seems to be done more by the inner circle than by Noordin himself. They recruit new youths as needed through study sessions in local mosques, or pick up young men radicalised through earlier exposure to jihadi preachers but then left behind when those preachers move on or are arrested. In every one of his operations, the suicide bombers were identified first by Noordin’s lieutenants and only afterwards met the man himself.

Challenges for Indonesia

Posted in counterterrorism with tags , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

A study by the International Crisis Group suggests the government pay more attention to Jemaah Islamiyah-affiliated schools that offer protection to men like Noordin M. Top, better understanding of terrorism’s international linkages and better intelligence.

Improved community policing, for one, implies reform in neighborhood bureaucracy, particularly, on the issuance of identity cards. This boils down to bureaucratic corruption as one can easily obtain a card with a fee. Since curbing this practice takes time, terrorism is here to stay.

… Terrorism cannot be fought by military force alone but by well-coordinated intelligence, elimination of a departmentalism tendency among security forces, continued attention to the government’s counter-radicalization program and by cleaning the government house of elements sympathetic to terrorism.

This is an uphill task for Yudhoyono’s new government.

Indonesia seeks 2nd man who helped in terrorism funding

Posted in funding with tags on August 27, 2009 by admin

Indonesian police said Tuesday they were seeking a second man suspected of arranging funds for twin suicide bombings against hotels in Jakarta last month.

Indonesian national Muhamad Jibril Abdurahman, alias Muhamad Ricky Ardan bin Mohammad Iqbal, was linked to the network that carried out the attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels that killed nine people, police said.

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Meanwhile two other suspects – Eko Sarjono and Air Setiawan – had been killed during a raid at a house used as their hideout in Jatiasih, Bekasi. Another suspect, Ibrahim, was killed during a raid in a house in Temanggung, Central Java.